Challenge me to a spelling contest and I am confident I will do well. When reading a published novel, on the occasion I come across a typo, I cringe. Writing about math makes me cringe. The Mathematical Association of America would probably cringe if I applied for membership.
The Library offers myself and others many books and online resources to help assuage the shakiness when talking about Pi, percentages, and the Pythagorean theorem.
Last year I challenged myself to watch 100 Ted Talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. One notable standout presentation in the midst of my challenge was watching Arthur Benjamin give his Mathemagic performance. I finished listening to his talk thinking, “if only he had been my teacher in high school!”
GPL does have books in the collection to have by your side as you conquer your Arithmophobia otherwise known as the fear of numbers, but can also refer to the fear of math, numerals, certain numbers, calculations, and/or calculus.
With your library card you can access Lynda.com for free. A leading online learning company that helps anyone learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals.
Greenburgh Public Library card holders also have access to the database Tutor.com which provides free online tutoring sessions from 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily for over 40 subjects including math, science and English.
Interested? You can choose one-to-one virtual tutoring sessions or browse Tutor.com’s multitude of study guides, test preps and career resources through their Skills Center Resource Library.
I won’t be solving the problem posted below anytime soon but I hope those with the same feelings about math now have some solutions.