Programming with Dyscalculia
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Posted 21 October 2005 - 02:22 AM
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Posted 21 October 2005 - 02:37 AM
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Posted 21 October 2005 - 02:50 AM
Actually I've over-come a lot of my dyscalculia, its almost like I've grown out of a lot of it. I'm pretty good with Arithmetic nowadays, because I'm an accountant. Seeing as how I watch numbers being added and subtracted all day, I have managed to memorize much of arithmetic and visualize a lot more math. I'm doing very well. I'm even better than most math-savvy people when it comes to Financing and book-keeping!! :) Well, I do things like formulate cash flow, budget money, profit margins and percentages every day and have been doing stuff like that for 3 years. It never was really that hard because calculators and MS EXCEL are easy to use.
With that in mind, I would never say its crippling! I would like to say that it simply takes longer to grasp math, and thats about it! :)
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Posted 21 October 2005 - 07:11 AM
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Posted 21 October 2005 - 11:16 AM
Some of the most famous gifted children suffered strange childhood incongruencies in development. Einstein did not speak a word until he was four and had early difficulties with arithmetic. Thomas Edison did not learn to read until he was 9, and was considered a delinquent. Wernher Von Braun, the father of rocketry, flunked 9th grade Algebra (Moore 1981, 2-3).
From oliii's link (strong math is not necessary to run the country (Greenspan did a good job with the numbers ;-))):
"Sometimes things aren’t exactly black and white when it comes to accounting procedures." -- George W. Bush
"It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it." -- George W. Bush
"Do not worry about your problems with mathematics, I assure you mine are far greater." --Albert Einstein
"God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically." --Albert Einstein
"I don't believe in mathematics." --Albert Einstein
Fortunately, computers do mathematics very well, whereas "common sense" and higher level thinking is currently impossible for computers (someday, this won't be true: see The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil). Thus, if one is not strong at arithmetic (use the computer to do the work correctly), but strong in other ways (such as design, novel concepts), they can be quite competent programmers / software engineers.
"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration!" -- Thomas Alva Edison