Today's Obsession: Kill Math

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Kill Math is an intriguing essay discussing the shortcomings of language and visuals as applied to mathematics. The author looks at various ways that simple visualizations of mathematical functions can easily enhance understanding of what formulae are actually doing, versus the near-meaningless charts and graphs we’re all so used to.

I’m particularly interested in it because I’m dyscalculaic—which is classified as a learning disability, rather than simply “math is hard.” If you’re a visual artist or language-based artist, chances are that you are as well.

But after reading this article, I wonder if it’s actually a learning disability, or if it’s just a word for the inability to abstract concepts as easily as we’re told we should be able to.