This is how it's done, right?
So, I’m trying (and have BEEN trying for many years) to crack the math nut. It may be rather obvious by now, but I’m a “right-brained” individual. Art, music, poetry, writing etc.
Then I started learning how important mathematics is to the arts. The golden ratio in particular. It can apply to both music and art and has been used for centuries, even in Greek architecture. So, I’ve been trying for many years to strengthen the logical side, the “left” side of my brain. (And failing miserably I might add)
The subject is extremely difficult for me, but I have found solace in books that define the history of the subject to give it a little more context for sanity’s sake. Where it came from. Who came up with this nutty crap. Well, it turns out there’s a perverse irony hidden behind this baffling subject.
There was a deliberate conspiracy by the priest caste of ancient Egypt and Iraq (and even priest castes from even earlier) to keep their math and geometry secret, from the masses. Back then, it paid greatly, both in coin and stature to be able to predict eclipses, floods and other events. The irony lies here:
There was a point in time when the grubs were forbidden access to mathematical and geometrical knowledge. Now, that that knowledge is freely available, it is almost certainly ignored.
I find that deliciously ironic.
(further inquiry into the methods of teaching mathematics in the public school system is entirely left to the reader)
For those interested in cracking the math nut, with baby steps, Lawrence Spector‘s treatment of the subject is unparalleled. (get it? HAR!) His presentation is by far THE BEST I have ever found on the World-Wide-Web. And believe me, I have searched far and wide for a tutor that can speak math in my language.
Use his site on conjunction with this awesome math trainer over at mathisfun.com. I use the math trainer for about an hour for each operation about 3 times a week.