investorpeter wrote: ↑
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:15 pm
I would love to restart my mathematics education just for pure enjoyment. I only got as far as linear algebra and differential equations before getting side tracked onto other "more practical" endeavors. But I remember the first time I finally understood the meaning of integral calculus and it was an epiphany. By combining infinitesimally small discrete units into a whole, it allowed one to grasp infinity. That kind of blew my mind.
Me too. I started college later than most, wanted to be a doctor. I took Calculus I because I didn't want to take Statistics. Then Physics nearly clobbered me, and it was what stood between me and getting through to medical school. In the course of getting nearly clobbered by beginning Physics and turning it around to doing really well in it, I did all the things I suggested in my post earlier in this thread (except I didn't use any DVD's as there weren't any then.) I was really lucky to have a Physics professor who made us derive equations for every problem, not just memorize stuff, who told me I was going to flunk because my math wasn't good enough, and who was going to flunk me if I didn't start understanding Physics and Math (he ended up being my advisor although I also kept my pre-med advisor).
I still remember after years have passed, the moment I really grasped what Calculus was - Wow!!!!! And where Physics fit it - Wow!!!!!!! The more I took of Math and of Physics, the more I loved them. My mind and how I think were changed forever by Math and Physics.
Anyway, I did go on to become a doctor, and I have never regretted it, because I could just go in one direction - Medicine (I really like working with patients and figuring medical things out) or Math/Physics. Math and Physics are to me like the person you used to love but you loved someone else too who was better suited to you, and you could just marry one, so you make your choice and enjoy your life.
But I do have to say, I dream of starting over in Math and Physics from the beginning and learning them all over again when I retire. I could not get competitive in either again (actually I was never destined for greatness in either, maybe masters degree level but I think I would have hit my limit in those areas - yep, joke intended - at that point). And I just might do it.
Edited because I keep typing too fast and making typing mistakes.
I don't know anything.