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I would like to quote here from the conclusion of Shakuntala Devi’s book “Figuring: The Joy of Numbers,” a book which aroused my life-long passion for mathematics.
In this chapter, she explains what drives the kinds of people who fall in love with mathematics.

“Mathematical discoveries, like all others, may come from the need to solve practical problems. But a more important motive is the pure delight some individuals take in invention and discovery.


“A mathematician tries to extend his powers. He knows a trick which allows him to solve one sort of problem – but might there not be other sorts that can be solved in the same way? He tries to find out how his tricks work, to group problems in families, to classify them. When a new problem comes up he will often be able to see immediately what family it belongs to, and what methods are likely to solve it.

“In this book I have tried to arouse this active state of mind, to encourage mental adventurousness.

“If my readers have come to share this feeling for the subject my objective has been attained.”

This sums up my own motivation – not only to continue to study mathematics myself, but also to spread the word to others. People have lived in fear of maths for far too long; it is time to do something to awaken the curiosity and passion for maths in a new generation of people.
After all, they are the ones who will continue what we have begun, when we are no more.


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