Why don't we emphasize the beauty of math much more than we do?

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Before biding my last farewell to Maths I want to ask something from learned and experienced men:-

1. Why everyone else in this world just care about solving problems, qualifying tough exams and publishing some papers ? Why no one ever tries to think about beauty of Mathematics , why no one sees that with some axioms we can achieve a lot of things?

2. Why I feel so depressed and defeated whenever i fail to solve a problem or get an answer wrong in examination ? Why do I feel so happy whenever I study Apostol’s Calculus or Feynman Lectures on Physics or Gilbert Strange’s Calculus ? Why do i enjoy Donald Sadoway’s lectures ?

3. Why do I admire A.L. Cauchy for his great explanation, or to be more clear his reproduction, of Calculus ? Why Frege and Russell are my ideals ? Although I like these people so much but I fear walking on their path, I feel insecure all the time, why ?

I request all the experienced and learned men to understand my problem. If my writing is not leading you to my heart for my core problem then please don’t just leave me at my condition rather it’s my request to do some treading in my heart.

Thank You.
 
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Before biding my last farewell to Maths I want to ask something from learned and experienced men:-

1. Why everyone else in this world just care about solving problems, qualifying tough exams and publishing some papers ? Why no one ever tries to think about beauty of Mathematics , why no one sees that with some axioms we can achieve a lot of things?
Mathematics, like art, "is in the eye of the beholder." Another way to say it is, "different strokes for different folks."
For many people, mathematics is a tool only useful in solving problems. Others appreciate the aesthetics of a simple but elegant proof of a theorem.
Adesh said:
2. Why I feel so depressed and defeated whenever i fail to solve a problem or get an answer wrong in examination ? Why do I feel so happy whenever I study Apostol’s Calculus or Feynman Lectures on Physics or Gilbert Strange’s Calculus ? Why do i enjoy Donald Sadoway’s lectures ?
That would be Gilbert Strang...
Why you are happy in one circumstance and depressed in another has to do with your own personality. People are different -- some people like abstract art and some don't. So what?
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3. Why do I admire A.L. Cauchy for his great explanation, or to be more clear his reproduction, of Calculus ? Why Frege and Russell are my ideals ? Although I like these people so much but I fear walking on their path, I feel insecure all the time, why ?
I can't answer why you feel insecure all the time. Maybe you should seek the opinion of a medical specialist, not an online forum.
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I request all the experienced and learned men to understand my problem. If my writing is not leading you to my heart for my core problem then please don’t just leave me at my condition rather it’s my request to do some treading in my heart.
 

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1. Why everyone else in this world just care about solving problems, qualifying tough exams and publishing some papers ? Why no one ever tries to think about beauty of Mathematics , why no one sees that with some axioms we can achieve a lot of things?
The former things are what most people are concerned with because that's what they need to do to financially support themselves and advance their education and career. Most people aren't concerned with the latter because it generally doesn't help them and they have more important things to deal with and be concerned about.

2. Why I feel so depressed and defeated whenever i fail to solve a problem or get an answer wrong in examination ?
Because failure sucks and some people feel it more intensely than others. Nothing new here. It happens to many people.

3. Why do I admire A.L. Cauchy for his great explanation, or to be more clear his reproduction, of Calculus ? Why Frege and Russell are my ideals ? Although I like these people so much but I fear walking on their path, I feel insecure all the time, why ?
No idea. Perhaps talk to a therapist or counselor about your issues?

I request all the experienced and learned men to understand my problem. If my writing is not leading you to my heart for my core problem then please don’t just leave me at my condition rather it’s my request to do some treading in my heart.
...what?
 

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Why this, or is it for dramatic effect?

Given the rest of your post and the age in your profile, I would actually recommend the opposite: Consider studying mathematics.

You will fail on many problems but get better along the way. You will find beauty in mathematical structure and problems (pure, applied, abstract, concrete). Perhaps you will become a "learned and experienced man" yourself, with the ability to distinguish between good and bad questions and answers.
 
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Mathematics, like art, "is in the eye of the beholder." Another way to say it is, "different strokes for different folks."
For many people, mathematics is a tool only useful in solving problems. Others appreciate the aesthetics of a simple but elegant proof of a theorem.
That would be Gilbert Strang...
Why you are happy in one circumstance and depressed in another has to do with your own personality. People are different -- some people like abstract art and some don't. So what?
I can't answer why you feel insecure all the time. Maybe you should seek the opinion of a medical specialist, not an online forum.
The former things are what most people are concerned with because that's what they need to do to financially support themselves and advance their education and career. Most people aren't concerned with the latter because it generally doesn't help them and they have more important things to deal with and be concerned about.



Because failure sucks and some people feel it more intensely than others. Nothing new here. It happens to many people.



No idea. Perhaps talk to a therapist or counselor about your issues?



...what?
Sir does it mean that there is no real problem with me? Your answer has really pulled me out of that defeated feeling.
 
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Why this, or is it for dramatic effect?

Given the rest of your post and the age in your profile, I would actually recommend the opposite: Consider studying mathematics.

You will fail on many problems but get better along the way. You will find beauty in mathematical structure and problems (pure, applied, abstract, concrete). Perhaps you will become a "learned and experienced man" yourself, with the ability to distinguish between good and bad questions and answers.
Sir you studied my earlier posts and my profile? I have never found anybody so kind to help a stranger like you have done.
 
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Mathematics, like art, "is in the eye of the beholder." Another way to say it is, "different strokes for different folks."
For many people, mathematics is a tool only useful in solving problems. Others appreciate the aesthetics of a simple but elegant proof of a theorem.
That would be Gilbert Strang...
Why you are happy in one circumstance and depressed in another has to do with your own personality. People are different -- some people like abstract art and some don't. So what?
I can't answer why you feel insecure all the time. Maybe you should seek the opinion of a medical specialist, not an online forum.
I feel insecure when I see people like Daniel Kane, Terence Tao and others of this kind. I feel insecure because world need these people and not people like me .
 

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Sir does it mean that there is no real problem with me?
I don't know. I've never met you and I know almost nothing about you. All I can say is that the feelings you are having are very common.

I feel insecure when I see people like Daniel Kane, Terence Tao and others of this kind. I feel insecure because world need these people and not people like me .
The world doesn't need anyone, so don't get caught up in feeling like you're not needed while other people are.
 
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2. Why I feel so depressed and defeated whenever i fail to solve a problem or get an answer wrong in examination ? Why do I feel so happy whenever I study Apostol’s Calculus or Feynman Lectures on Physics or Gilbert Strange’s Calculus ? Why do i enjoy Donald Sadoway’s lectures ?
The way I see Mathematics has a lot in common with Arts - many artists are introspective and get a lot of pleasure in the process of creating, discovering and contemplating arts. So I guess a purely artistic mathematician don't really need anything else than a piece of paper, a pencil and a big stack of books, and will live happily ever after.

But then humans are competitive by nature and seek recognition and admiration, and have great satisfaction on winning - that way Mathematics have a lot in common with sports. But, for a competitive mathematician satisfaction carries the seeds of frustration, because one can't solve all problems, win all awards and be admired by everybody all the time, and the more that one wins, the more one gets dejected when one doesn't.

I reckon regular mathematicians are a mix of both types, and if so then I suspect simple joy and plain frustration are common feelings. Can't avoid frustration. Then you take that unhappiness, go to sleep unsatisfied, leave it stir overnight, transform it and next morning you say "To hell with that, I can do it!!!", and go for the fight again next day.

That way frustration carries in it the seeds of the next win.
 
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The way I see Mathematics has a lot in common with Arts - many artists are introspective and get a lot of pleasure in the process of creating, discovering and contemplating arts. So I guess a purely artistic mathematician don't really need anything else than a piece of paper, a pencil and a big stack of books, and will live happily ever after.

But then humans are competitive by nature and seek recognition and admiration, and have great satisfaction on winning - that way Mathematics have a lot in common with sports. But, for a competitive mathematician satisfaction carries the seeds of frustration, because one can't solve all problems, win all awards and be admired by everybody all the time, and the more that one wins, the more one gets dejected when one doesn't.

I reckon regular mathematicians are a mix of both types, and if so then I suspect simple joy and plain frustration are common feelings. Can't avoid frustration. Then you take that unhappiness, go to sleep unsatisfied, leave it stir overnight, transform it and next morning you say "To hell with that, I can do it!!!", and go for the fight again next day.

That way frustration carries in it the seeds of the next win.
This is one of the greatest answer. Thank you.
 

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