Introduction to Maths is fun
Brief history of maths
Mathematics, from the Greek word ‘mathēmatika’, is the study of
quantities (numbers) and their operations. The word ‘maths’ can trigger
a lot of emotions into the hearts of different people! Anxiety, joy –
there is a spectrum of feelings associated with this word! Some are
purely terrified by the thought of solving a problem and some take it up
as a challenge!!
Why maths is so important in our life?
Well the truth is maths is fun!!!! Yes, whether it’s your favourite
subject or a subject that you dread... It can be fun - just the way you
perceive it! It all started with our kindergarten teacher teaching us 1
2 buckle my shoe... 3 4 open the door...
This rhyme laid down the foundation for mathematics in our lives and
we didn’t even realise it!! We just recited it as a fun rhyme! Well
that’s how interesting mathematics can be!
When you give it some thinking, everyone from a beggar to an
engineer is a practicing mathematician!
And boy, can we do without mathematics in our lives? The answer is a
unanimous ‘no’! Imagine being cheated by a salesman simply because you
didn’t know how much to pay! Sounds unreal. But the truth is that often
we take our math skills for granted and hence do not value them!
To talk about the how this subject came to exist on the face of
The most ancient mathematical texts are believed to have existed in
Babylon in Egypt. All of these texts concern the so-called Pythagorean
Theorem which seems to be the most ancient and widespread mathematical
The 17th century saw an unprecedented explosion of mathematical ideas
across Europe. John Napier, in Scotland, was the first to investigate
natural logarithms whereas René Descartes, a French mathematician and
philosopher, plotted planetary orbits on a graph, in Cartesian
In reality, math simplifies complex and tedious things.
Why it’s supposed to be fun to learn maths?
What’s easier to count?
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII or tally marks that are systematically grouped
into bunch of 5?
Most importantly, maths is practical.
Want to learn division? Divide a loaf of bread among 3 people and
there you learn its practical significance!
It’s a stress buster! Well I’m referring to Sudoku, which people love
solving from the entertainment sections of every newspaper!
Without even realising it, math brings out the best in us. It
sharpens our skills, makes us quicker and alert. No wonder when you give
any aptitude or intelligence test, basic math forms an integral part of
it. Maybe you’ve never wondered why 2 and 2 make 4, not 5. That’s what
amuses many people and that is so special about ‘mathematika’. If you
ever think of being a scientist in your lifetime or even an astronaut,
maths is something you got to be great at.
The best part about math is that there are no ‘may be’ and ‘may be
not’s’. An answer is either right or wrong. Life can have its black’s,
whites and greys but math only has a black or a white!
There is no indecision or vagueness in maths. On the contrary, there
is plenty to discover and get amused & entertained! It’s all crystal
clear. A lot depends on the teacher and pupil relationship! The more
friendly and interactive the learning is, the more interesting it is for
the pupil. In mathematical terms the teacher’s innovative ways of
teaching and the pupil’s interest for the subject are directly
proportional to each other! For example, our 5th grade class teacher
made us listen to the song “Pie mathematical pie” a spoof of Madonna’s
world anthem American pie! The song was hilarious but at the end of the
day every student in our class loved the song. The teacher discovered
their love for the subject due to the song! But the value of pie (22/7
or 3.1418) was engrained in our brain for a lifetime!