Pessimism, optimism and bad drawings

This post is by James.

As part of my research for this website, I discovered a great site called “Math with Bad Drawings” by Ben Orlin.  The whole thing is worth a look, but I especially like the post here, where he shows common math complaints, edited to be more accurate.  I like it especially because it relates to my own essay, Math: A Victim of its Own Success, where I talk about just how very long it took people to invent math in the first place, as well as why they did it.  Also, I personally cannot draw as well as he can (maybe), so I might as well outsource the drawing to him.


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