Portrait of Henry John Steven Smith

Henry John Steven Smith


Irish mathematician

Poor teaching leads to the inevitable idea that the subject (mathematics) is only adapted to peculiar minds, when it is the one universal science and the one whose…ground rules are taught us almost in infancy and reappear in the motions of the universe.

TOPICS: education

Arithmetic is one of the oldest branches, perhaps the very oldest branch, of human knowledge; and yet some of its most abstruse secrets lie close to its tritest truths.

TOPICS: arithmetic



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