Mathematics Should Also Inspire

So why do we learn mathematics? Essentially, for three reasons: calculation, application, and last, and unfortunately least in terms of the time we give it, inspiration.

Mathematics is the science of patterns, and we study it to learn how to think logically, critically and creatively, but too much of the mathematics that we learn in school is not effectively motivated, and when our students ask, "Why are we learning this?" then they often hear that they'll need it in an upcoming math class or on a future test. But wouldn't it be great if every once in a while we did mathematics simply because it was fun or beautiful or because it excited the mind?


Education in math focuses too much on the practicality of it and not the artistic appreciation.

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 The magic of Fibonacci numbers
Proceedings of Meetings and Symposia>Speech:  Benjamin, Arthur (June 2013), The magic of Fibonacci numbers, Ted Talks, Retrieved on 2013-11-27
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