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Why do so many people say they hate mathematics, asks <b>David Acheson</b>? The truth, he says, is that most of them have never been anywhere near it, and that mathematicians could do more to change this perception - perhaps by emphasising the element of surprise that so often accompanies mathematics at its best. </div>
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<h2>The element of surprise in mathematics</h2>
<p><i>Why do so many people say they hate mathematics?</i></p>
<p>All too often, the real truth is that they have never been allowed anywhere near it, and I believe that mathematicians like myself could do more, if we wanted, to bring some of the ideas and pleasures of our subject to a wide public.</p>
<p>And one way of doing this might be to emphasise the element of <i>surprise</i> that often accompanies mathematics at its best.</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/1089-and-all" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/1089-and-all#comments31ellipseFermat's Last Theoremfocalpointsgeometrykeplerleibnizmathematics and magicpendulumPiproofTue, 31 Aug 2004 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin2250 at http://plus.maths.org/content