# conrad wolfram

brother to Stephen.. all things wolfram _________________ Conrad Wolfram’s talk: 1. posing the right questions 2. real world to math formulation 3. computation 4. math formulation to real world verification the standards, are mostly about the calculations, which Conrad says we spend 80% + of our time on, doing by hand – the chore. http://tinyurl.com/63yvqew __________________ find him here on wikipedia, and here: __________________### conrad wolfram

problem with math – no one is really happy…
using computers is the silver bullet for making math work
in the real world – math isn’t done by mathematicians..
what we’re doing right now is forcing people to do math…
if people are interested in it – fine – great – but no forcing…
line between what we’re making people to do
math myths:
what are the basics
are the basics of driving learning how to service or design it?
need to separate the basics of what you’re trying to do and the machinery of how it gets done
automation has allowed freedom – driving is now a separate piece than design
in the same way it has automized math
order of the invention of the tools vs the order of the way you use it..
myth 2:
do we really believe the math kids are doing in school today, more than applying procedures to problems they don’t really understand for reasons they don’t get.
what’s worse: what they’re doing isn’t even practical today.. maybe 50 yrs ago
computers can really help…
like anything – they can turn into a multimedia show – why show a student how to solve a problem by hand when the computer can do it for them anyway. – this is just nuts
how you can make problems harder to calculate – change quadratic to a quartic
normal in school:
normal in life – messy – hairy:
the problem we really have in math is not that computers dumb down math but that we’ve dumbed down problems
myth 3:
if you go through tons of examples – you can get how the basics of the system works better.
understanding procedure and process is important – but there’s a fantastic way to do that these days.. it’s called

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why teach math?

1) technical jobs
2) everyday living – skeptical about stats, etc
3) logical thinking
we spend 80% of our time doing step 3 by hand
it’s the chore – it’s the thing you’d like to avoid if you can
math not equal to calculating
calculating was typically the limiting step
math has been freed
but that liberation hasn’t gotten into ed yet
automation allows math
we should be assuming computing for calculations and only do hand when it’s needed:
ie:
what’s worth teaching by hand:
**practical:**mental arithmetic**conceptual**

**programming**…how most procedures and process get written down these days.. programming is the way we should be doing that. – and a great way to engage students and check if they really understand what we have here – a unique opportunity to makesimultaneously

can’t think of any other subject where that’s recently been possible – usually a choice
we want people to feel the math – that’s what computers allow us to do
calculus has traditionally been taught very late – why is this? because it’s hard doing the calculations
what about – adding sides to a polygon – looking at limits, diff calc – taking things to an extreme – a view of the world we don’t let people see for many many years after this – yet very important practical view of the world.
one of roadblocks in moving this agenda forward – exams
in the end – test by hand
hard to let computers come into exams
but then – we can ask real questions…
this isn’t some optional extra – letting people feel the math..
moving to the knowledge economy to the computational knowledge economy
this is not an incremental change – we’re trying to cross a chasm
suggesting – we should leap off
completely renewed math curriculum
not even sure we brand it math – but it is the mainstream subject of the future
if this resonates with you – or intrigues you – go**here**to help out.. if you want to jump in but can’t this soon with kids… join us.. – meeting monday..### notice dream connect do

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**connect:**connecting with the writings of hagel and brown, the power of pull, and with kevin kelly, what tech wants, and with the thinking of my students and james bach as they converse with each other. with myself.

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### bret victor

ah Bret.. i love you. i love this:
Interactive Exploration of a Dynamical System from Bret Victor on Vimeo.kill math using data viz

But the point is that the equationbravo. sounds like Conrad Wolfram’s computer based math?.. Bret’s site his post on this thanks to David Weesisn’t the math; it’s not the insight, the creativity, that actually happened inside Einstein’s head. What if Einstein didn’t have to resort to symbol-manipulation to express and communicate the idea that “matter is equivalent to energy in this exact way”? What if the next Einstein doesn’t have to do that? If fact, what if “not having to do that” is how wegetthe next Einstein?

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how important i think this is.. my rants on common core

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Conrad Wolfram (@conradwolfram) tweeted at 5:48 AM – 21 Jun 2018 : “Has the math(s) brand become toxic”? My detailed blogpost at https://t.co/CzAEFx0UgZ (http://twitter.com/conradwolfram/status/1009764873738301441?s=17)

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PBS Teachers (@pbsteachers) tweeted at 5:40 AM – 7 Oct 2018 : “We’re trying to build a math curriculum that assumes computers exist, and that they can calculate things for you. So what do you have to learn, as a human, in order to be able to use the full power of math?” -@conradwolfram https://t.co/MmWsMqVxHv(http://twitter.com/pbsteachers/status/1048900911937048576?s=17)What we need to do is to figure out, what’s the tool set that we really need, and how well should people know how use to use them?

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let’s just facil 8b daily curiosities ie: cure ios city to undo our hierarchical listening ie: 2 convers as infra _________ decision making is unmooring us law“Fixing maths is urgent”, according to mathematician @conradwolfram. How can real-world #maths be taught and learned in the age of #AI? Tune in to our podcast for more insights from Conrad Wolfram in conversation with @wise_ceo Stavros N. Yiannouka. https://t.co/cSBmR1qaIthttps://t.co/fYH7pCj96f

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/WISE_Tweets/status/1272490281888350209

In the end **so need maths for our unmooring all fitting.. with thinking that we need to let go of any from of measuring/accounting/telling people what to do of math and men et al – ___________ __________we need maths to provide answers for good decision-making.Speed can be key, but usually for the calculating that computers now do. Instead depth of understanding is usually much more critical for the human, as Ofqual demonstrated: https://t.co/QlMnYBjU1jhttps://t.co/y3fnq8KNjI Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/conradwolfram/status/1315948694294925312