Math for Amateurs? - Atheist Nexus2015-01-29T17:05:08Zhttp://www.atheistnexus.org/forum/topics/math-for-amateurs?groupUrl=mathematics&commentId=2182797%3AComment%3A2173787&xg_source=activity&groupId=2182797%3AGroup%3A68303&feed=yes&xn_auth=noSome amateur mathematicians h…tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2013-03-02:2182797:Comment:21751202013-03-02T13:32:25.191ZLuarahttp://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/Luara
<p>Some amateur mathematicians have done very good work, like <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Erd%C5%91s" target="_blank">Erdos</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_de_Fermat" target="_blank">Fermat</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srinivasa_Ramanujan" target="_blank">Ramanujan</a>. All of these people were involved in number theory, which is often fascinating to amateurs. …</p>
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<p>Some amateur mathematicians have done very good work, like <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Erd%C5%91s" target="_blank">Erdos</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_de_Fermat" target="_blank">Fermat</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srinivasa_Ramanujan" target="_blank">Ramanujan</a>. All of these people were involved in number theory, which is often fascinating to amateurs. </p>
<p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_amateur_mathematicians" target="_blank">List of amateur mathematicians</a></p> That's nice, it's true for th…tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2013-03-02:2182797:Comment:21749672013-03-02T13:15:06.523ZLuarahttp://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/Luara
<p>That's nice, it's true for the continuous equivalent as well, i.e. integral of x^3 from 0 to k = (integral of x from 0 to k)^2.</p>
<p>That's nice, it's true for the continuous equivalent as well, i.e. integral of x^3 from 0 to k = (integral of x from 0 to k)^2.</p> I've always loved the pattern…tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2013-03-01:2182797:Comment:21737872013-03-01T01:06:36.942ZKeith Brian Johnsonhttp://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/KeithBrianJohnson
<p>I've always loved the patterns one can find among numbers. For instance,</p>
<p>1^3 = 1^2 =1^2</p>
<p>1^3 + 2^3 = 3^2 =(1+2)^2</p>
<p>1^3 + 2^3 + 3^3 = 6^2 =(1+2+3)^2</p>
<p>1^3 + 2^3 + 3^3 + 4^3 = 10^2 =(1+2+3+4)^2</p>
<p>1^3 + 2^3 + 3^3 + 4^3 + 5^3 = 15^2 =(1+2+3+4+5)^2</p>
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<p>and so on. In general, 1^3 + 2^3 +...+ n^3 = (1+2+...+n)^2.</p>
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<p>I've always loved the patterns one can find among numbers. For instance,</p>
<p>1^3 = 1^2 =1^2</p>
<p>1^3 + 2^3 = 3^2 =(1+2)^2</p>
<p>1^3 + 2^3 + 3^3 = 6^2 =(1+2+3)^2</p>
<p>1^3 + 2^3 + 3^3 + 4^3 = 10^2 =(1+2+3+4)^2</p>
<p>1^3 + 2^3 + 3^3 + 4^3 + 5^3 = 15^2 =(1+2+3+4+5)^2</p>
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<p>and so on. In general, 1^3 + 2^3 +...+ n^3 = (1+2+...+n)^2.</p>
<p> </p> There is a set of DVDs called…tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2013-02-28:2182797:Comment:21721382013-02-28T12:19:13.267Zthewoodenwandhttp://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/thewoodenwand
<p>There is a set of DVDs called math tutor that takes you from simple math to advanced in 60 one hour classes.</p>
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<p>If you can not find let me know, Dave</p>
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<p>There is a set of DVDs called math tutor that takes you from simple math to advanced in 60 one hour classes.</p>
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<p>If you can not find let me know, Dave</p>
<p>thewoodenwand@gmai.com</p> I think it was Einstein who s…tag:www.atheistnexus.org,2013-02-28:2182797:Comment:21718092013-02-28T05:32:14.025ZJames Younthttp://www.atheistnexus.org/profile/JamesYount
<p>I think it was Einstein who said that if you can't explain something simply then you yourself do not understand it enough. That being said, it may be difficult to create metaphors for something that you don't fully understand yourself. However, I can say that you don't need to be able to work out equations completely to understand the concept behind it. Most math books start each chapter by attempting to explain the concept with metaphors and practical application. You could study that…</p>
<p>I think it was Einstein who said that if you can't explain something simply then you yourself do not understand it enough. That being said, it may be difficult to create metaphors for something that you don't fully understand yourself. However, I can say that you don't need to be able to work out equations completely to understand the concept behind it. Most math books start each chapter by attempting to explain the concept with metaphors and practical application. You could study that aspect of mathematics, then watch an online youtube lecture on the subject to gain a fuller understanding of the concept. The heart of mathematics is logic, and many of histories most famous mathematicians have been able to apply said logic to a wide variety of seemingly unrelated subjects. Therefore, it may also be interesting to study the words of famous mathematicians and scientists as they sometimes have a way of communicating the poetry of their art quite well.</p>