I'm looking for talented mathematicians/quantitative people to help develop a unique program.
So much of math ability is viewed as an innate/"either you got it or you don't" sort of thing, and my hypothesis is....that's nonsense. If I want to learn how to swim - someone can teach me. If I want to learn how to ride a bike - someone can teach me. But if I want to learn how to develop my ability to tackle math problems, most people say - "eh, I'm not just a math person".
I believe with the right training/structure, one can improve on their quantitative reasoning ability. It's not just doing *more* problems ( or memorizing geometry theorems and combinatorics equations) , it's about learning the right things from each problem a person does, and developing an ability to tackle problems they've never seen before.
Here's what I'm looking for (high level). A structured program that:
- measures a baseline quantitative reasoning ability for a person
- teaches someone *how* to employ a variety of mental heuristics (and not just generic rules like, "begin with the end in mind" or "draw a picture")....but when/how to try each of those tools on problems
- measure an improved quantitative reasoning ability in, let's say, 6 months
I'm *not* looking for some magic system that turns people into Terence Tao, but more the analogy of gym trainers: you can get in incredible shape if you have the work ethic and the right system.
Very much an open ended/painfully ambiguous project ha, feel free to drop a line with any questions. This is something that I'm personally very passionate about, would love to discuss ideas on how to make this happen.