- math is about numbers and arithmetic operations on them
- being good at math meant you were good at arithmetic
- some people (meaning me) just didn't have what it took to be "good" at math. Reinforced by my high school math and physics teachers.
I hated math because I didn't understand that mathematics is a system for representing abstract concepts and manipulating them.
Eventually on my 4th try to get calculus, I took a class from nick fiori(http://www.yale.edu/education/about/faculty/fiori.elw062111).
His teaching methods opened my mind, and I've gone on since then to become an ardent amateur mathematician with minor publications and career tangents in machine learning and data science.
I can only imagine what would have happened if I had been taught math well from an early age.
Relentless studying, book reading and search for motivational information have helped me get over the bullshit I was introduced to.
I love math, and it is ing beautiful.
I can recommend a few professors who really opened my mind to how to use math, all at UCSC (CS grad school for me):
- Dave Helmbold (Machine Learning)
- Kevin Ross (Operations Research)
- Martin Abadi (Security)