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I’m reading a great book right now called “Is God A Mathematician?” by Mario Livio.  It’s a fascinating book about whether mathematics is discovered or invented.  It’s a really interesting book (so far) and has really gotten me excited about math, again.

It got me thinking about how I was taught math and why I disliked math so much.  I remembered some of the things I learned and, for whatever reason, focused on the formula for the area of a circle:  (A = ?r2).

What I asked myself was, “why is that the formula of a circle?  Why, if you multiply the radius times itself and then times pi, some constant, do you get the area of the circle?”  After digging into this, I realized why I didn’t like math in school.

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