Thursday, December 6, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Dropin Math Tutoring Session on Tuesday October 23 at the Prophouse Café in Vancouver (UPDATE)
NOTE: I will most likely try and set up one of these types of sessions once a month. More info once I sort out some of the logistics. Talk soon.
If you happen to be in Vancouver and need a little help with your math, may it be for school or otherwise, then please feel free to drop by the Prophouse Café on Tuesday October 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Address is 1636 Venables Ave (at Commercial)  MAP
I will try and provide help for all topics covered in high school math except for calculus (sorry, I haven’t done my review yet). Bring your notes, your books, and your questions. I’ll be in the back of the café with my thinking cap on.
The dropin is by donation and since space is limited, if you are planning to attend, please RSVP to mathinreallife@gmail.com
The flyer below provides further information.
Hope to see you there.
If you happen to be in Vancouver and need a little help with your math, may it be for school or otherwise, then please feel free to drop by the Prophouse Café on Tuesday October 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Address is 1636 Venables Ave (at Commercial)  MAP
I will try and provide help for all topics covered in high school math except for calculus (sorry, I haven’t done my review yet). Bring your notes, your books, and your questions. I’ll be in the back of the café with my thinking cap on.
The dropin is by donation and since space is limited, if you are planning to attend, please RSVP to mathinreallife@gmail.com
The flyer below provides further information.
Hope to see you there.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
Exercises and Solutions
Below you will find the exercises and solutions available for The Language of Mathematics. Over time, more will be added and those in draft form will be finalized.
Please keep in mind that like most people, I am prone to making silly mistakes, so take the answers with a grain of salt. Corrections and suggestions are always welcome.
Please keep in mind that like most people, I am prone to making silly mistakes, so take the answers with a grain of salt. Corrections and suggestions are always welcome.
Series I  Description, Videos. Series II  Description, Videos. Series IIIa  Description, Videos. Series IIIb  Description, Videos. Series IV (open)
Series I
Section 2: The Real Number Set
Section 4: Basic Operations
 Solutions to:
 i) Adding,
 ii) Subtracting,
 iii) Multiplying,
 iv) Dividing,
 v) Simplifying.
 Exercises: Basic Operations.
Section 5: Prime Numbers
Section 6: Fractions
 Exercises:
 i) Reducing Fractions,
 ii) Multiplying and Dividing Fractions,
 iii) Adding and Subtracting Fractions.
 Solutions to:
 i) Reducing Fractions,
 ii) Multiplying and Dividing Fractions,
 iii) Adding and Subtracting Fractions.
Section 7: Trigonometry
Section 8: Basic Geometry
 Exercises:
 i) Parallel Lines,
 ii) Congruent and Similar Triangles.
 Solutions to:
 i) Parallel Lines,
 ii) Congruent and Similar Triangles.
Section 9: Coordinate Geometry
 Exercises:
 i) Plotting Points and Lines,
 ii) Finding Slope, Midpoint, and Distance of a Line.
 Solutions to:
 ia) Small Grid,
 ib) Large Grid,
 ic) Plotting Lines,
 iia) Finding Slope and Midpoint of a Line,
 iib) Finding Distance of a Line.
Section 10: Proofs
 Exercises:
 i) Proofs Involving Triangles,
 ii) Proofs Involving a Line,
 iii) Coordinate Geometry Proof.
 Solutions to:
 i) Proofs Involving Triangles,
 ii) Proofs Involving a Line,
 iii) Coordinate Geometry Proof.
Series II
Section 1: Exponents and Radicals
 Exercises:
 i) Adding and Subtracting,
 ii) Multiplying and Dividing,
 iii) Exponents to Exponents,
 iv) Reducing Radicals,
 v) Simplifying Radicals.
 Solutions to:
 i) Adding and Subtracting,
 ii) Multiplying and Dividing,
 iii) Exponents to Exponents,
 iv) Reducing Radicals,
 v) Simplifying Radicals.
Series IIIa
  No exercises available for this series at the moment.
Series IIIb
  No exercises available for this series at the moment.
Series IV
  No exercises available for this series at the moment.
Friday, April 20, 2012
About Math in Real Life
In much the same manner that the industrial revolution brought about a surge of literacy in natural languages, the advent of the Internet in combination with lowcost computing has brought about a surge in the need to be literate in the language of mathematics. Due to these advancements, math has become an integral part of our society and the need to be literate in this language a necessity.
There are, however, some major problems. Many education systems across the globe are under stress and failing. The causes are vast and varied, so we’ll refrain from discussing the details of this collapse but instead focus on possible solutions to our predicament.
It is my belief that access to a good education is a human right, an obligatory gift from one generation to the next, and as long as we have access to an open, unfiltered, and uncensored Internet, then we, as a global community, can make a difference. We can fill the gap left behind by our governments and institutions by becoming proactive educators.
For my part, I will try and show how beautiful, how powerful, how useful and how easy it is to learn the bare minimum we need to know about the language of mathematics to enhance our lives. To achieve this task I am producing instructional videos for all major topics covered in secondary school math curriculums in Canada and the United State, i.e., all major topics starting with The Real Number Set up to and including an introductory course in Calculus and one for Probability and Statistics.
Content is being presented in an online video text book format and organized into two main Tables of Contents: One geared towards teaching the rules and principles that we use in math, and the other geared towards applying this information in real life. This is the essence of this site, teaching The Language of Mathematics to those who want to use Math in Real Life.
As for how you can support this project: It takes a tremendous amount of time and energy to produce this work, so, if you enjoy this work, if you are finding the information on this site useful, and if you would like to support this project, and can afford it, then please consider making a donation.
Peace,
From the series, "Shots in the Dark" by Jonathan Dy.
There are, however, some major problems. Many education systems across the globe are under stress and failing. The causes are vast and varied, so we’ll refrain from discussing the details of this collapse but instead focus on possible solutions to our predicament.
It is my belief that access to a good education is a human right, an obligatory gift from one generation to the next, and as long as we have access to an open, unfiltered, and uncensored Internet, then we, as a global community, can make a difference. We can fill the gap left behind by our governments and institutions by becoming proactive educators.
For my part, I will try and show how beautiful, how powerful, how useful and how easy it is to learn the bare minimum we need to know about the language of mathematics to enhance our lives. To achieve this task I am producing instructional videos for all major topics covered in secondary school math curriculums in Canada and the United State, i.e., all major topics starting with The Real Number Set up to and including an introductory course in Calculus and one for Probability and Statistics.
Content is being presented in an online video text book format and organized into two main Tables of Contents: One geared towards teaching the rules and principles that we use in math, and the other geared towards applying this information in real life. This is the essence of this site, teaching The Language of Mathematics to those who want to use Math in Real Life.
As for how you can support this project: It takes a tremendous amount of time and energy to produce this work, so, if you enjoy this work, if you are finding the information on this site useful, and if you would like to support this project, and can afford it, then please consider making a donation.
Peace,
From the series, "Shots in the Dark" by Jonathan Dy.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Table of Contents
The following are the two main tables of contents for this site:
Math in Real Life, started in 2012, is in its infancy and will continue indefinitely. The content in this section is geared towards using The Language of Mathematics to enhance our lives.
Lessons are also accessible through the tree menu provided in the left column. Specific topics can be found through the Index (left column).
The Language of Mathematics is geared towards teaching the syntax of this language, the rules and principles that we use in math. This project began in 2007 with The Real Number Set and will conclude with an introductory series on Calculus and one for Probability and Statistics.
Math in Real Life, started in 2012, is in its infancy and will continue indefinitely. The content in this section is geared towards using The Language of Mathematics to enhance our lives.
Lessons are also accessible through the tree menu provided in the left column. Specific topics can be found through the Index (left column).
Friday, April 13, 2012
Math in Real Life: Table of Contents
By far the most common question that I have been asked over the years regarding mathematics has been, ”When am I going to use math in real life?” That is, at least, the way I choose to perceive it. Unfortunately, more often than not, this question has come my way in the form of the following absurd absolute statement, “I’m never going to use this in real life!”
This erroneous perception of math’s practical usage has been the most prevalent problem in our education system, and by addressing it, the beauty of mathematics and its relevance reveals itself. Information gets absorbed faster. The details get scrutinized and people begin to recognize the occasions for which they have, can, and are already using math in their own lives.
This is the ultimate purpose of this section, to apply what we have learned from studying The Language of Mathematics to enhance our lives.
Content for this section will be organized in the following categories:
This erroneous perception of math’s practical usage has been the most prevalent problem in our education system, and by addressing it, the beauty of mathematics and its relevance reveals itself. Information gets absorbed faster. The details get scrutinized and people begin to recognize the occasions for which they have, can, and are already using math in their own lives.
This is the ultimate purpose of this section, to apply what we have learned from studying The Language of Mathematics to enhance our lives.
Content for this section will be organized in the following categories:
I. Games and Gambling
 Section 1: Shooting Dice, Playing Craps
II. Personal Finance
 Section 1: Time Management
III. Food and Farming
 Section 1: Community Supported Agriculture, CSA
IV. Food and Fitness
  In the works
V. Economics and Politics
  In the works
VI. Business and Investment
  In the works
VII. Energy and Environment
  In the works
VIII. Art and Design
 Section 1: The Art of Dirk Marwig
IX. Film and Music (Sight and Sound)
  In the works
X. Science and Technology
 Biology:
 Physics:
XI. Construction and Engineering
  In the works
XII. Miscellaneous
Monday, April 9, 2012
Series I Description: What's Contained in this Series

The first part of this series deals with the absolute basics of mathematics: the Real Number Set; basic operations; prime numbers and their importance; and how to deal with fractions. This is where it all begins. Please be comfortable with this material before moving on.
The second part of this series deals with basic geometry and trigonometry. Topics discussed include: right triangles and trigonometric ratios; parallel lines; congruent and similar triangles; the Cartesian coordinate system; and slope, midpoint, and distance of a line. We also take a quick look at three different types of proofs related to these topics; those related to triangles, lines, and the Cartesian coordinate system. (NOTE: at some point in the future an indepth introduction to trigonometry will be produce.)
In addition to the above, we take a rudimentary look at Zero and Infinity, and Why Two Negatives Make a Positive.
Full list and links for all the videos contained in the series are provided below and are available at: Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics  Series I.
Exercises and Solutions are also available for this series.
See Videos Available for Download for information on the torrent for this series.
For ease of reference, included below is the Table of Contents and the expanded image of the tree menu provided in the left column of this site. Specific topics can be found through the Index (left column).
Table of Contents
 Formulas and definitions used in this series (Direct link to full album. Four images total).
 Section 1: Introduction to Series I
 Section 2: The Real Number Set
 Section 3: Zero and Infinity
 Section 4: Basic Operations
 Section 5: Prime Numbers
 Section 6: Fractions
 Section 7: Trigonometry
 Section 8: Basic Geometry
 Section 9: Coordinate Geometry
 Section 10: Proofs
 Section 11: Why a Negative and a Negative Makes a Positive
Image of Tree Menu
From Series I Tree Menu  The Language of Mathematics 
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Coordinate Geometry Proof (The Language of Mathematics #3233)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Coordinate Geometry Proof, Part 1 (Math #32)
Coordinate Geometry Proof, Part 2 (Math #33)
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Proofs Involving a Line (The Language of Mathematics #2729)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Proofs Involving a Line, Part 1 (Math #27)
Proofs Involving a Line, Part 2 (Math #28)
Proofs Involving a Line, Part 3 (Math #29)
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Congruent and Similar Triangles (Language of Mathematics #2021)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Congruent and Similar Triangles, Part 1 (Math #20)
Congruent and Similar Triangles, Part 2 (Math #21)
Monday, April 2, 2012
Solving Right Triangles (The Language of Mathematics #1819)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Solving Right Triangles, Part 1 (Math #18)
Solving Right Triangles, Part 1 (Math #19)
Introduction to Right Triangles and Basic Trigonometric Ratios (Language of Mathematics #1517)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Right Triangles and Basic Trigonometric Ratios, Part 1 (Math #15)
Right Triangles and Basic Trigonometric Ratios, Part 2 (Math #16)
Right Triangles and Basic Trigonometric Ratios, Part 3 (Math #17)
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Real Number Set (The Language of Mathematics I #34)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
The Real Number Set, Part 1 (Math #3)
The Real Number Set, Part 2 (Math #4)
Music by Horeja
www.facebook.com/horeja
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Series II Description: What's Contained in this Series

This series is all about exponents and radicals: how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide them; how to take a power to a power; and the process involved for simplifying radicals and large expressions.
We also take a detailed look at how exponents and radicals are related to the Real Number Set. Please note that the videos for this part of the series have overlaps. Videos #40 and #41 discuss the importance of the subsets of the Real Number Set and how they translate over to the basic operations for exponents and radicals. The information contained in these two videos is repeated in videos #4244, with the addition of examples. If you are familiar and comfortable with the basic operations for exponents and radicals, then videos #40 and #41 should suffice. If you would like the information to be presented with examples, then it will be worth your while to view the latter set. See Video #39 for more information on how the material is being presented.
In addition to the above, five book recommendations.
Full list and links for all the videos contained in the series are provided below and are available at: Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics  Series II.
Exercises and Solutions are also available for this series.
See Videos Available for Download for information on the torrent for this series.
For ease of reference, included below is the Table of Contents and the expanded image of the tree menu provided in the left column of this site. Specific topics can be found through the Index (left column).
Table of Contents
 Section 1: Exponents and Radicals
 Section 2: Book Recommendations
Image of Tree Menu
From Series II Tree Menu  The Language of Mathematics 
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Book Recommendations (The Language of Mathematics II #5758)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Book Recommendations, Part 1 (Math #57)
Book Recommendations, Part 2 (Math #58)
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Exponents and Radicals: Creating a Large Problem, Parts 1 to 4 (The Language of Mathematics II #5254)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Creating a Large Problem, Part 1 (Math #52)
Creating a Large Problem, Part 2 (Math #53)
Creating a Large Problem, Part 3 (Math #54)
Creating a Large Problem, Part 4 (Math #55)
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Exponents and Radicals: Real Number Set Introduction with Examples (The Language of Mathematics II #4244)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Real Number Set Introduction with Examples, Part 1 (Math #42)
Real Number Set Introduction with Examples, Part 2 (Math #43)
Real Number Set Introduction with Examples, Part 3 (Math #44)
Music by lazy Marv
soundcloud.com/lazymarv
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Exponents and Radicals: How They Relate to The Real Number Set (The Language of Mathematics II #4041)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Relation to The Real Number Set, Part 1 (Math #40)
Relation to The Real Number Set, Part 2 (Math #41)
Music by lazy Marv
soundcloud.com/lazymarv
Exponents and Radicals: Introduction and Series Layout (The Language of Mathematics II #3839)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Introduction to Exponents and Radicals (Math #38)
Series Layout (Math #39)
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Series IIIa Description: What's Contained in this Series

In this series we learn different techniques for solving equations, combine and isolate variables, talk about the equal sign, how to move around an equation, discuss the graphical meaning for solving equations, learn about restrictions, and how we would go about checking solutions.
Also included is an introduction to polynomial equations and functions, a discussion of their classifications, and factoring techniques, beginning with the Greatest Common Factor (GCF) and Simple Trinomial Factoring (Factoring techniques for polynomials is continued in Series IIIb).
In addition to the above, we also take a brief look at the difference between black holes and elementary particles.
Full list and links for all the videos contained in the series are provided below and are available at:Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics  Series IIIa.
See Videos Available for Download for information on the torrent for this series.
For ease of reference, included below is the Table of Contents and the expanded image of the tree menu provided in the left column of this site. Specific topics can be found through the Index (left column).
Table of Contents
 Section 1: Summary of Series I and II, and an Introduction to Series IIIa
 Section 2: Black Holes and Elementary Particles
 Section 3: Techniques for Solving Equations
 Section 4: Solving Equations and Checking Solutions, Examples and Methods
 Section 5: Solving Quadratic Equations: Factoring Techniques
 Section 6: Introduction to Polynomial Functions
Image of Tree Menu
From Series IIIa Tree Menu  The Language of Mathematics 
Monday, March 5, 2012
Videos Available for Download
I. Links
Direct links to torrents on The Pirate Bay (Please note: The Pirate Bay gets taken down a lot by governments so please let me know if the links are dead and I'll fix them, thanks):
 Series I: Videos #1 to #35 for The Language of Mathematics, produced in 2007.
 Series II: Videos #36 to #58 for The Language of Mathematics, produced in 2008.
 Series IIIa: Videos #61 to #92 for The Language of Mathematics, produced in 2009.
 Series IIIb: Videos #93 to #142 for The Language of Mathematics, produced in 20102011.
 Series IVa: Videos #143 to #151 for The Language of Mathematics plus some videos for Math in Real Life, produced in 20112013.
II. Description
At the request of my readers, in 2009 I began to provide torrents for the math videos. The torrents are available through The Pirate Bay and other file sharing networks.
Downloads are series specific and the files organized based on their video number and/or year, i.e, the order in which the videos were produced. See the table of contents for The Language of Mathematics and Math in Real Life to put things into context.
Please note that videos from Series I, II, and IIIa are tagged with chycho.com, and those for Series IIIb and Series IVa are tagged with 420math.com. Since videos have gone through an additional edit in the process of putting this site together, they may vary slightly from those in the torrents.
III. Video Update
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Understanding Polynomials and Defining Terms, Part 13: Polynomial Classifications (Language of Mathematics IIIa #8991)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Understanding Polynomials and Defining Terms, Part 1 (Math #89)
Understanding Polynomials and Defining Terms, Part 2 (Math #90)
Understanding Polynomials and Defining Terms, Part 3: Polynomial Classifications (Math #91)
Music by lazy Marv
soundcloud.com/lazymarv
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Simple Trinomial Factoring: Introduction and Examples: Factoring Part 45 (Language of Mathematics IIIa #8586)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Simple Trinomial Factoring Part 1: Introduction and Example (Math #85)
Simple Trinomial Factoring Part 2: Three Examples (Math #86)
Friday, March 2, 2012
Greatest Common Factor, GCF, Introduction and Examples #14: Factoring P13 (Language of Mathematics IIIa #8082)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Greatest Common Factor Part 1: Introduction (Math #80)
Greatest Common Factor Part 2: Three Examples (Math #81)
Greatest Common Factor Part 3: Example #4 (Math #82)
Introduction to Quadratic Equations and Functions (The Language of Mathematics IIIa #7879)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Introduction to Solving Quadratic Equations, Part 1 (Math #78)
Introduction to Solving Quadratic Equations, Part 2 (Math #79)
Music by lazy Marv
soundcloud.com/lazymarv
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Finding Restrictions for Equations: No Dividing by Zero (The Language of Mathematics IIIa #8788)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Finding Restrictions for Equations, Part 1 (Math #87)
Finding Restrictions for Equations, Part 2 (Math #88)
Solving Equations  Examples #2 and #3: Solving Using Two Methods (The Language of Mathematics IIIa #7576)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Solving Equations: Example 2, Two Methods (Math #75)
Solving Equations: Example 3, Using Two Methods (Math #76)
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Solving Equations and Checking Solutions: Example #1 (The Language of Mathematics IIIa #7274)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Solving Equations: Example #1, Part 1 of 3 (Math #72)
Solving Equations: Example #1, Part 2 of 3 (Math #73)
Solving Equations: Example #1, Part 3 of 3 (Math #74)
Music by [JERBEΔR]
soundcloud.com/jeremymcintyre
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Solving Equations  Introduction to Examples and Methods: What are we solving for? (Language of Mathematics IIIa #7071)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Introduction to Examples and Methods (Language of Math #70)
What are we solving for? (Language of Math #71)
Monday, February 27, 2012
The Difference Between Black Holes and Elementary Particles (The Language of Mathematics IIIa #6263)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
Black Holes and Elementary Particles: Part 1 (Math #62)
Black Holes and Elementary Particles: Part 2 (Math #63)
Music by [JERBEΔR]
soundcloud.com/jeremymcintyre
Robert Anton Wilson
www.rawilson.com
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Series IIIb Description: What's Contained in this Series

This series is a continuation of Series IIIa.
Series IIIa and IIIb give you the power to be able to factor and solve polynomials of any degree. Factoring techniques included in this series are: the Difference of Squares, Complex Trinomial Factoring (4step method), Quadratic Formula including The Discriminant, and Synthetic Division.
In addition to the above, we also do an indepth discussion of The Division Statement, Polynomial Long Division, look at the graphical meaning of factoring polynomials, use Let Statements and Substitution to factor polynomial and nonpolynomial functions, and discuss The Remainder and The Factor Theorems.
Extras included in this series are a look at Why Math is Important and two tips on how to improve your study habits.
Full list and links for all the videos contained in the series are provided below and are available at: Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics  Series IIIb.
See Videos Available for Download for information on the torrent for this series.
For ease of reference, included below is the Table of Contents and the expanded image of the tree menu provided in the left column of this site. Specific topics can be found through the Index (left column).
Table of Contents
 Section 1: Introduction to Factoring Polynomials
 Section 2: Difference of Squares
 Section 3: Complex Trinomials: Factoring using the 4Step Method
 Section 4: The Quadratic Formula and The Discriminant
 Section 5: The Let Statement, and Substitution (with Quadratic Formula)
 Section 6: Synthetic Division, Polynomial Long Division, and The Division Statement
 Section 7: The Remainder Theorem and The Factor Theorem
 Section 8: Why Math is Important
 Section 9: Study Tips
Image of Tree Menu
From Series IIIb Tree Menu  The Language of Mathematics 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
How to Study: Introduction and Study Tips #1 and #2 (The Language of Mathematics IIIb #139141)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
How to Study: Introduction (Language of Math #139)
Tip #1: Hate to Love, Why Are You Here? (Math #140)
Tip #2: Longer is Better  Introduction to Efficiency (#141)
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Why is Math Important? Because the language of mathematics plays a vital role in our evolution (article and video  Language of Mathematics IIIb #138)
Table of Contents: The Language of Mathematics
I want to address one of the most frequent questions that has come my way over the years, it being: “Why is math important?”
Upon going through countless iterations, the shortest and simplest answer that I can provide to this question, is that math is important because it is a vital step in our evolution. The creation and utilization of this language is the reason why we have been able to evolve to the state that we are in: personally, socially, and culturally.
It is widely accepted that numeracy, “the ability to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts”, is an innate human ability  we’re hardwired for it. Thus, the development of the language of mathematics based on certain definitions and axioms, selfevident truths, may they be complete and consistent or not, was the only logical step in our evolution.
The prominent theory as to the reasons why written languages came to be is that they were developed for the purposes of accurate bookkeeping, economic necessity, and as a means for us to record important events. In essence, once we had acquired enough knowledge that could not accurately be conveyed verbally, we developed symbols, and later on structured languages, syntax, to record and pass on that information. Mathematics was not only an integral part of this, but also an end product.
As with other languages, mathematics was developed to share information and as a means for us to describe and solve real world problems. Slowly, the language matured “through the use of abstraction and logical reasoning” and in the last few hundred years has evolved to what it is today, thanks, in large part, to Franciscus Vieta and Leonhard Euler.
At present, mathematics is by far the most efficient language that we have been able to develop to seek and analyze patterns, to optimize our ability to create, and to discuss the laws governing our universe, in the process, helping us answer some of our most fundamental questions. Math is, ultimately, the most concise form of communication we have to understand who we are, where we are, and what we are capable of.
Without mathematics we would behave and interact with the world in a completely different manner than we do today. The creation of notations and the formalization of algebra paved the way for us to better understand and interact with the world we inhabit.
Once the syntax for this language was developed, through rigorous analysis we were able to explore the intricacies of what was being revealed. From the significance of prime numbers in our every day lives, to the discovery of the quantization of information, to the revelations that large parts of the universe are invisible to our principal senses. It is mainly due to the innovations brought about through the use of mathematics, may it be in the development of conjectures or the fabrication of instruments, that we are aware of so much, from the very large to the very small.
Math forms the fabric of our current civilization, from economics and politics to what we consume and possess. You don’t believe it? Take a look around you. Aside from the natural ecosystem, almost everything that you see has one thing in common, it was made, raised, grown, or delivered with the use of mathematics as a primary tool. The monitor or piece of paper that you are reading this on, the food you may be consuming, the pictures on your desk, the light in your room, your computer, your clothes, your shoes, your phone, your job, your home, your car and the roads you drive it on, your beverage and the cup you’re drinking it from, all of it, is because of mathematics. Without it, we would not have these luxuries, comforts, freedoms, or the prospect of equality or sustainability.
Full Lecture
One crucial point to note, literacy in the language of mathematics was not as important in the past as it is today, or as vital as it will be for the future. Technology and the inevitabilities and necessities of life are forcing every aspect of our lives to be optimized, and the best way that we know of to achieve this task is through mathematics.
So why is math important? Because it encompasses every aspect of our lives and without it, we would not be who we are, we will not progress, and we will not realize our full potential, and thus, have no future: personally, socially, or culturally.
Related video:
I want to address one of the most frequent questions that has come my way over the years, it being: “Why is math important?”
Upon going through countless iterations, the shortest and simplest answer that I can provide to this question, is that math is important because it is a vital step in our evolution. The creation and utilization of this language is the reason why we have been able to evolve to the state that we are in: personally, socially, and culturally.
It is widely accepted that numeracy, “the ability to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts”, is an innate human ability  we’re hardwired for it. Thus, the development of the language of mathematics based on certain definitions and axioms, selfevident truths, may they be complete and consistent or not, was the only logical step in our evolution.
The prominent theory as to the reasons why written languages came to be is that they were developed for the purposes of accurate bookkeeping, economic necessity, and as a means for us to record important events. In essence, once we had acquired enough knowledge that could not accurately be conveyed verbally, we developed symbols, and later on structured languages, syntax, to record and pass on that information. Mathematics was not only an integral part of this, but also an end product.
As with other languages, mathematics was developed to share information and as a means for us to describe and solve real world problems. Slowly, the language matured “through the use of abstraction and logical reasoning” and in the last few hundred years has evolved to what it is today, thanks, in large part, to Franciscus Vieta and Leonhard Euler.
At present, mathematics is by far the most efficient language that we have been able to develop to seek and analyze patterns, to optimize our ability to create, and to discuss the laws governing our universe, in the process, helping us answer some of our most fundamental questions. Math is, ultimately, the most concise form of communication we have to understand who we are, where we are, and what we are capable of.
Building Gods (Rough Cut)
Without mathematics we would behave and interact with the world in a completely different manner than we do today. The creation of notations and the formalization of algebra paved the way for us to better understand and interact with the world we inhabit.
Once the syntax for this language was developed, through rigorous analysis we were able to explore the intricacies of what was being revealed. From the significance of prime numbers in our every day lives, to the discovery of the quantization of information, to the revelations that large parts of the universe are invisible to our principal senses. It is mainly due to the innovations brought about through the use of mathematics, may it be in the development of conjectures or the fabrication of instruments, that we are aware of so much, from the very large to the very small.
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Math forms the fabric of our current civilization, from economics and politics to what we consume and possess. You don’t believe it? Take a look around you. Aside from the natural ecosystem, almost everything that you see has one thing in common, it was made, raised, grown, or delivered with the use of mathematics as a primary tool. The monitor or piece of paper that you are reading this on, the food you may be consuming, the pictures on your desk, the light in your room, your computer, your clothes, your shoes, your phone, your job, your home, your car and the roads you drive it on, your beverage and the cup you’re drinking it from, all of it, is because of mathematics. Without it, we would not have these luxuries, comforts, freedoms, or the prospect of equality or sustainability.
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One crucial point to note, literacy in the language of mathematics was not as important in the past as it is today, or as vital as it will be for the future. Technology and the inevitabilities and necessities of life are forcing every aspect of our lives to be optimized, and the best way that we know of to achieve this task is through mathematics.
So why is math important? Because it encompasses every aspect of our lives and without it, we would not be who we are, we will not progress, and we will not realize our full potential, and thus, have no future: personally, socially, or culturally.
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 Reason #1: Life can be brutal. Knowing math may help you out through those moments.
 Reason #2: Math can help you be the best at what you want to be the best at.
 Reason #3: Willingly being illiterate in the most important language in the world is really stupid.
 Reason #4: Knowing math can help you be financially secure.
 Reason #5: Being intelligent, in general, makes you attractive.
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