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We are telling kids who are good at school that they have better opportunities than others (and kids that are not good at school that they are doomed). Then we are telling kids who are good at school to stay … Continue reading

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65. Dear Don Draper, I’m a young, beautiful and intelligent woman who decided to use my brain to succeed instead of using my daddy’s money to find a nice husband. I have no problem meeting interesting men, but I tend to want what I can’t have. Should I still pursue marriage even though the institution is a sham?

whatwoulddondraperdo: First you have other things to consider—the principal being your father’s money. Does your partner love that? Or your youth, beauty and intelligence? All, some or just one of these reasons is enough for most people, but a true marriage is built on a greater (some say the … Continue reading

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Where should I start reading mathematics if I never got far with it in school?

I’ve been asked variants of this question a number of times. So here’s a thorough answer for everyone.   First, some well-written books on topics that interest me: Roger Penrose’s The Road to Reality Cosma Shalizi’s blog bactra.org John Baez’s blog Matthen’s tumblr … Continue reading

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Any advice on where to start exploring math for someone who didn't take/ study/ or pay attention to much math beyond high school.

I’ve been asked variants of this question a number of times. So here’s a thorough answer for everyone: Where should I start reading mathematics if I never got far with it in school?   First, some well-written books on topics … Continue reading

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Before you and I can have a productive discussion, we need to agree on the meanings of the words that we use. Grandpa

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