Are humans good at Math?
In the movie
Oh God Book II
God (played by George Burns) says that
Math was a mistake, I made it too hard!.
While I am reluctant to contradict God, George Burns, or God as portrayed by George Burns,
scientists have found evidence that people are pretty good
at math. At least people have known about numbers for a far
longer time than previously thought.
What does this mean for us? The next time one of your students
says I can't do this! I'm just not that good at math!
you can tell them that this is just not true.
An Aside: Before posting this I wanted to verify that that quote really
was in that movie. I would have thought it would be a quote that math people,
or people who think math is hard, or math people who know math is hard,
would remember. When I googled it
all I could find was a comment on
this blog entry of Scott's
by Bill Gasarch. Not what I would call a confirmation.
It may be that my quote is not quite exact. If anyone knows for sure
(e.g., has the DVD and checks it) let me know.