Maths Is Fun
Loving maths used to be a choice between your adoration of this beautiful logic and truth and fun puzzling – and whether the bullies in school would take you out. Not so much, these days. Kids love computer games, social media, and they are now being taught coding from an early age.
Get good at coding and maths and you have one of those great maths jobs – a programming and fun puzzling career for life. You are also in good company. Not all kids looked up to Einstein – but kids have a very real sense of the fact that it’s like of the mathematical genius of Zuckerberg that made him a multi-billionaire. Therefore, getting good at maths these days is far more respected. Puzzling and solving makes kids feel great about themselves and boosts self-esteem.
The fact about maths is as you progress there’s still a tough battling out problem. Of course, it’s hoped that you are no longer adding and multiplying you are remembering. Kids don’t repeat times tables for nothing. If you can’t remember the basics you’re in for a tougher time. If that’s the case, check out our maths made easy page for help.
Maths and coding just like other specialties such as learning languages build connections from neuron to neuron in the brain. You don’t get a bigger brain but a stronger, smarter brain one that works better. Let’s take a look at some maths stars that had some major issues in their lifetime, regardless of their huge mathematical brains…
Bullied Maths Geniuses - Bill Gates
While Bill Gates was busy excelling in the field of Maths, he was certainly not great at PE and was bullied for being small for his age. When Bill Gates was just 13 years old, the headmaster had a problem. There were three schools that were amalgamating and thousands of students needed their lesson timetables producing.
Well, before the schools came together this was already a complex issue. Students would pick the subjects they wanted to study. But no kid can be in more than one place at one time, and similarly neither can one teacher. With all those kids, subjects, and teachers, it was a complex problem that started at shool recess and went on until the kids came back to school. The kids would pick their preferred subjects, but often had to add a second choice, and third choice of subject, if it simply wasn’t possible.
Rather than attempting to solve the problem, with complex maths and juggling, Gates and his pal designed a software program to solve the problem. That was back in 1968! Wow.
Gates was so good at Maths, that he was excused from his maths class and instead spent time pursuing his interest in programming the GE system in BASIC. This was a programming language that was developed in 1964.
Disrespected & Prosecuted Maths Geniuses -Alan Turing
It's tough to measure the IQ of the remarkably gifted. But it's estimated that Gates has an IQ of 160 and Einstein was somewhere from 160-180. Turing's on the otherhand was thought to be off the scale at 185. However, that does not mean he was either liked or respected. At school, the teachers disliked him and considered him to not want to be educated. Turing was remarkable in so many ways. He was responsible for helping to crack German codes using the Enigma machine during WWII. It is estimated that his work alone shortened the horrific war by 2 years and thus saved 14 million lives. Aside from that Turing is considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. He was not, however, afforded any respect for these astonishing accomplishments. Because he was homosexual he was prosecuted. He was offered the choice of chemical castration rather than imprisonment. As a result he committed suicide shortly before his 42nd Birthday. What he could have achieved during the rest of his life would likely have changed the world as we know it. He received a posthumous pardon and apology from the UK government in 2013.
Disrespected & Endangered Maths Geniuses - Albert Einstein
When we think of people being geniuses, Einstein is the usual name that crops us. The young Einstein excelled at Maths and Physics at an early age and was capable of teaching himself complex Maths in a short space of time.
He taught himself Euclidean geometry and algebra over the space of a summer and also found his own proof of Pythagorean theorem at the age of 12. His maths tutor said of Einstein that he was incapable of following Einstein’s flight of mathematics. He mastered differential and integral calculus by 14.
Born in 1879, Einstein himself was caught up in the horrors of WWII. In 1933, he found that the Nazis had passed laws preventing himself with Jewish ancestry from teaching at universities. He found himself homeless with refugee status when he fled to the US. Fortunately he was able to work and teach there and he became a US citizen in 1940.
He continued his remarkable work in Mathematics and theoretical physics, being responsible for developed the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.