What is a Mathematician?

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What is a mathematician?

A mathematician can be defined as a person who thinks for a day in order to avoid calculating for an hour. Yet, during the early parts of math education, mathematics is presented almost exclusively in terms of calculations, with increasingly dismal results when it comes to the curation and reinforcement of the initial interest that almost every child shows towards the subject. The overdose of calculations that the kids are exposed to at school eventually fosters the attitude of trying to avoid calculations – but unfortunately at the expense of trying to avoid mathematics altogether.

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