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Sheila Tobias

"Until I was thirty years old, I never even dated a scientist, an engineer, or a math major. My math avoidance extended even to my social life."

Sheila Tobias, Overcoming Math Anxiety (1978)

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"... fear of mathematics is the result and not the cause of ... negative experiences with mathematics ..."

Sheila Tobias, Overcoming Math Anxiety (1978)

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"People who don't know what math is don't know what math isn't. Therefore, fear of math may lead them to avoid all manner of data and to feel uncomfortable working with things. Any mathematician will tell you that you don't need mathematics to work the F stops on a camera, or to fix the car, or even to start your own business."

Sheila Tobias, Overcoming Math Anxiety (1978)

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"... mathematics provides an invisible framework that molds the more visible surface features of daily life."

Sheila Tobias, Succeed With Math (1987)

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"... the paradox of our times is that as mathematics becomes increasingly powerful, only the powerful seem to benefit from it."

Sheila Tobias, Succeed With Math (1987)

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"...mathematical expressions give us a way of thinking about relationships that would otherwise be unavailable to us."

Sheila Tobias, Succeed With Math (1987)

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"It is a historical truism that the most downtrodden in any society rarely initiate the battle for their rights. They are usually too powerless -- in Marxist terminology, too oppressed -- even to contemplate a change in their status."

Sheila Tobias, Faces of Feminism (1997)

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Sheila Tobias, U.S. writer
(1935 - )