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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.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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, U.S. writer

(1935)