Originally Posted by martok2112
All those years in school I was told to find "x", and never once in the real world have I ever had to find "x".....so, sorry, no math major here either.
It can be exciting.
About maths, my thesis is that all children are naturally curious about everything. Then school comes along and ruins it for them. In the case of maths this is achieved via over-rigidity and -formality (here is Feynman on how school teaches algorithms but fails to make pupils understand what they are actually doing
) and presenting tools to solve problems without presenting any real problems.