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Topic: Teaching a pig to fly: Dyslexia and mathematics
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Tim Rogers

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Teaching a pig to fly: Dyslexia and mathematics
Posted: Apr 18, 2014 7:46 PM
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I have always loved the beauty of mathematics and physics. However I'm severely dyslexic and find it very hard to keep numbers in my head, in fact any more then 4 numbers at a time and they melt together and lose their meaning. (you know that feeling when you wake up after a lucid dream but as you think about it, it just evaporates? Well that's very much what it's like). However, I'm pretty good at understanding concepts like Cantor Sets, mathematical logic, etc. I have degrees in the philosophy of science and have studied the likes of epistemology, so I'm comfortable with abstract concepts BUT, and here is the question, I want to do some mathematics, I want to try algebra and trigonometry, to play with equations but I just don't know how to start. Are their any book that are designed for the likes of me?

Can someone who finds it hard to add two two-digit numbers together in his head, and even takes a seconds to decipher a 4 digit number on paper be taught to do advanced math? Is it like teaching a 1 legged man to run or a pig to fly? I'm interested in hearing the opinions of people who love math, who can do math and maybe understand what a lot of my friend don't - namely why I at least want to try.


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