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Mathematics Symbols: The Importance Of Recreational Maths

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“How can you identify a single counterfeit penny, slightly lighter than the rest, from a group of nine, in only two weighs?”(Suri, 4) This is an interesting mathematical puzzle which everyone might had played in our childhood. The puzzle was invented by a legendary mathematician Martin Gardner in 1956. Are you wondering that why great mathematicians such as Martin Gardner were still interesting in this kind of recreational math? An editorial written by Manil Suri who is an Indian mathematician expounded the significance of recreational math. He used many examples to explain the importance of recreational math puzzles from different sides. Those math games educated players who had none mathematical background an ability and a logical deductive…show more content…
Logos is the logic of arguments which makes sense from the readers’ view. A good persuasion must follow some rules which make the thesis relates to the readers’ view. The interesting of math games and the logical similarity between recreational math and advanced mathematics are strong arguments to conclude that, recreational math is important to lead intro level math lovers into the gate of high level mathematics. Suri lists many recreational math problems in the editorial to embody the interesting. “Make a plane with eight pentagonal shapes” and “Hexaflexagons” (Suri, 1) are two enjoyable examples he mentions at the beginning. By using specific instances of problems instead of explaining why recreational math is important in cold words, he makes the readers to feel the interesting by participating them in the solving process, thereby further inspiring readers’ desire to more recreational math problems. Sequentially, let the readers understand that interesting is the most powerful energy of learning. Therefore, we can say that, interesting of recreational math is an important element in stimulating people’s interest in advanced mathematics. However, interesting cannot fully explain the importance of recreational math. As a rigorous science, logical thinking capability is another important element in studying of mathematics. Certainly, Suri also demonstrated that recreational math can also educate players…show more content…
Interesting and connection to higher level knowledge are significant elements for people to move on higher level academic fields. And the stories he used was emotional encouraged me to keep studying in mathematics by showing me the successful instances. Even I had to do a little research about his background to prove his credibility of talking about mathematics, it makes the editorial slightly less in credibility as a scientific publications. But after reading the editorial, I was deeply He was persuaded by Suri’s view about why recreational math is important, thereby, stimulated a strong interest in studying of recreational math. In conclusion, it is a convictive
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