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Author:Keith Devlin (Devlin's Angle)
Description: Software engineers don't use their college mathematics, but they make use of their college mathematics education every day. Brains are perhaps the world's best examples of an adaptive system. When we subject the human brain to an extended educational experience, it undergoes permanent changes. In physical terms, those changes are the growth and strengthening of certain neural pathways. In functional and experiential terms, we acquire new knowledge and skills. The more repetitive the learning process, the stronger and longer lasting are those changes. The effect of repetitive learning is nowhere more dramatic than in mathematics... completion of a rigorous course in mathematics appears to be an excellent means of sharpening the mind and developing mental skills that are of general benefit.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Computer Science
Math Ed Topics: Public Understanding of Math

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