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Was new maths really such a disaster?

On holiday now, so I fill my time – as you do – by reading books on maths.

One of these is Julian Havil’s Gamma: Exploring Euler’s Constant… 293 more words

What drill and rote learning have to do with confidence

The British Chancellor George Osborne recently refused to answer a simple times table question posed to him by seven-year-old school boy Samuel Reddings. Osborne was asked the question 7×8, but declined, stating that he had “made it a rule in life not to answer.” As Osborne studied mathematics up to A-level, it seems his reluctance was more about confidence than competence. 694 more words

WHERE DID ROTE LEARNING GO?

Two one’s two, two two’s four, two three’s six….

Do you recall saying (or should I say singing/chanting) this after lunch while you were in primary school? 445 more words

Robots v.s. Cyborgs

Throughout the crests and troughs of my not-so-long life, I have come across many machines of diverse kinds and stupefying variations. In this so-called cyberpunk era, where it is quite hard to differentiate between fact and fiction, the machine considered to be the most revolutionary is probably the computer. 460 more words

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