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Fear of Math
Published on March 19, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about my greatest phobia: math.

Here's an excerpt:

"I’ve got a number of phobias, and I’ve mentioned a few of them before: crowds, public speaking, karaoke.

But I’ve rarely discussed my biggest phobia, which is math.

Unlike my fears of crowds, public speaking and karaoke, I’ve always felt a little bit ashamed of my fear of math. I don’t think there’s ever been a subject I’ve worked harder in for less satisfying results. Numbers have always confounded me, and I suspect they always will.

Years ago, I read the book 'Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences' in an effort to get a handle on the problem, but it didn’t help. Instead, it just made me depressed. The author, John Allen Paulos, makes it clear that incompetence with numbers is nothing to be proud of and that there’s real value to understanding concepts such as probability and coincidence and knowing how to work with and interpret statistics."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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