The Numbers Are Letters

June 21, 2019

 Have you ever thought about learning a new language? If you have, you’ve probably thought about learning the most popular languages such as English, Mandarin or Spanish. What if I told you that there’s an even better language you can learn? One that you can use wherever in the world you go to-- from Canada to Japan or even Greece. Well, let me let you in on a secret, this universal language I’m talking about is the simple and humble language of mathematics.


Mathematics is the only language shared by all human beings across all geographical locations regardless of culture, religion, or gender. The derivative of e^x is e^x regardless of what country you are in. Not to mention, the struggles you face to learn it is probably the same as someone on the other side of the world. Like most common struggles we face in life, we also connect through our struggles to understand math. All of us possess the ability to be literate in this shared language. Nowadays, it’s easy for us to get caught up with how different we all are. We all have different interests, different taste in clothes, food, and people. It’s time to realize there are things that make us all the same. The language of math is a great reminder that we share a commonality.


With this universal language, all of us, no matter what our unit of exchange, are likely to arrive at math results the same way. With math, we are able to bake a delicious cake, figure out what the best deals are, budget to pay off tuition or even program a software. No matter what career you are pursuing or planning to pursue, you will come to use math.


The moral of my story is-- get fluent! Don’t be afraid to learn math. Math is not just for calculus majors. It’s for all of us. Sign up for some math classes and expand your knowledge. Your proficiency in mathematics will take you to new heights and you can apply it to anywhere you go.


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