If it were my buddy William writing this post , the title might have to be mathsmanship , I suppose . William is a Londoner , was a Londoner anyway , and has sometimes talked about studying maths in school . Maths ? Silly way to refer to math .
I’m pretty much stuck in the archaic arithmetic universe . Maths was never my forte . Good thing I was never a rocket scientist , because the US would never have hit the moon . No chance . Wouldn’t have even come close . Instead of going this way , as needed , my rocket would have gone that way . Presidents and world leaders would have hung their heads in shame . Vodka bottle corks , as California Congressman Dornan was fond of saying , would be popping in Moscow .I was lost in math classes as soon as the textbooks started mentioning integers or real numbers and rational numbers . Can’t we just keep this simple ? Is it long division or short division ? —- that’s about my threshold of complexity in math . Irrational numbers ? It was all irrational to me . And , we haven’t even made it to algebra yet . How about sine and cosine . Calculus ? —- forget about it . I’m just not computative . I had to face that fact a long time ago . Complex numbers ?—- You bet they were .
I got onto today’s tale of math analysis after I read a post by a fellow blogger over at No Facilities about questionable use of math lingo in political reporting . It wasn’t the math stuff that inspired me to write about math . It is a well written piece , I think , as all of his posts are , but math stuff doesn’t inspire me . Would that it were . Or, would that it would .
I have friends who are good mathematicians . My friend Tom , a woodworker , ably estimates angles , lengths , and clearances , often to the exact centimeter before he even applies a ruler . Tom can figure complicated calculations in his head accurately , means and medians , C to F temperature c0nversion , and stuff like that . My friend Bill , a surveyor , knows how to tackle complex issues too , mathematically . Willie , the maths guy , remembers his school maths and is able to explain clearly and precisely possible approaches to measurement problems . Not me .
I was intrigued with one word in the No Facilities post : mathmanship . Now , that’s nomenclature I can understand . Maybe , if all those math words in school had been different , were changed into words I could decipher , then I’d be in the math game today , tracking rocket trajectories , calculating , triangulating , and trigonometriculating , perhaps , in various pre-eminent universities around the globe . There is definitely a language barrier in math . [ eg. E to the two pie eye equals 1 ] I’m not good at languages , and that’s one of the things , fur sure , that held me back in math class in school . Math block ? Sure . But I digress .
Is there a word mathmanship ? Better : Was there a word mathmanship before now ? I think not . Anyway , it’s a new discovery for me . You learn something new every day . It’s a great word : MATHMANSHIP . A bit sexist , though . Mathpersonship , however, just wouldn’t fly . What do the language liquidators do with marksmanship , or penmanship ? But I digress . And I egress .