I'm Mahika Nair, I'm 17 years old and this is the website I use to share my love of maths with everyone else. I remember when I was younger, I’d write square roots and algebraic equations and numerical sequences on my bed sheets in invisible ink at night when I was bored and couldn’t sleep. My mum found out I was doing it a bit after I started and I thought she was going to be furious. But she encouraged me to do it, saying that it was clear that this is my passion. Since then I have pursued maths by taking extra classes and studying for the additional maths GCSE along with my others. I am also currently taking maths and further maths as part of my A-levels.
I love maths because it is how we make sense of the world around us. Everything boils down to math: music is pure math, physics is pure math e.t.c. It allows us to understand how the universe functions, solve problems and make accurate predictions about the future. There is no good or bad solution, for the most part. It is either right or wrong. The absolute nature of math helps to give us a solid foundation in a world that can seem chaotic, random and cold. For example, if you approach a math problem, in the same way, you will get the same answer each and every time. Contrast that with people, who can react wildly different under the same circumstances, even the same person on a different day. I love that math is so reliable - it is tangible, real and absolute. “In an uncertain world, it’s nice to know some things never change.” - Unknown.
Why people might not like maths
There are two main reasons why people might not like maths (I’m going to rule out the reasons for pretending not to like it). Firstly, if you are someone who likes debating the answer then maths might not be the best thing for you because it is absolute - there is only one right answer, and it cannot be changed (e.g. three times three is always nine). Secondly, your maths teacher might have caused you to dislike the subject because they penalised you for getting the answer wrong. Whenever I ask a friend why they don’t like maths, they would always say “the teacher made me feel stupid because I didn't understand.”