Richard Hamming on the Teaching of Mathematics

The way mathematics is currently taught it is exceedingly dull. In the calculus book we are currently using on my campus, I found no single problem whose answer I felt the student would care about! The problems in the text have the dignity of solving a crossword puzzle — hard to be sure, but the result is of no significance in life.
Richard Hamming, Calculus and Discrete Mathematics


Hamming, R. (1984). Calculus and discrete mathematics. The College Mathematics Journal, 15(5), 388–389.