Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Who Decided It Was Nerdy To Like Math?

Mrs. Stickman recently referred to me to someone as a "math nerd."  I was a little taken aback by the obvious slap in the face to my abundant coolness.  Who is this person that decided if you like to perform mathematical problems, then you must be a nerd?  If you ask me, that's racial profiling!

I freely admit that I love math.  One of the reasons that I love playing poker so much is that it involves constant math.  In fact, Mrs. S was referring my poker skills when she called me a math nerd.  Is poker for nerds?  I think not!  Well, maybe it is actually.

I try to involve math in to everything that I do in life.  When we are on a road trip (before GPS came along and did all this for me) I will constantly recalculate arrival time based on miles left and current speed.  I could also calculate miles per gallon.  Time to get to the next state line, or big city.  There is just a plethora of math problems involved with driving long distances.  It is awesome!

When I lay in bed at night and can't sleep, I pick a number and begin multiplying to the nth power.  2 x 2 is 4 x 2 is 8 x 2 is 16 x 2 is 32, etc until I can't go any farther.  Fun stuff!

Does all of this make me nerdy?  I dare say NOT!  In my opinion it is incredibly COOL to do math.  I love that I can tell you what my odds of winning a poker hand are, and how high of a bet it is in my favor or not to call based on those odds.  It makes me a math STUD not a math NERD.

So, I say Mathies unite!  Let's fight the stigma of math as nerdy.  And maybe we can work on the computer nerd stereotype while we're at it too!




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2 comments:

  1. Ahh it's so cute when nerd's get all "Hey, I'm not a nerd!". :p

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  2. Numbers make me crazy but I love words. I'm just really uncool that way.

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