A New Way to Understand Math

By Joel S. Steinberg

Copyright 2011 Joel S. Steinberg

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Words and symbols are the chief tools used in human thought. What effects might new symbols have on our understandings of mathematics?

Funforms is a new mathematical numerical notation learning system. "Fun" stands for fundamental functional and fun. "Forms" stands for formulae. Funforms are fundamental formulae that are fun to work with. They are starkly simple. They allow math functions to take place mechanically on paper. Thus, they are quite functional. A colleague of mine [Harold Larson] and I developed the system more than 20 years ago.

HISTORY: Before humankind began to use counting numbers, tally marks were used. A tally mark simply consisted of a cut in a stick or a knot in a piece of rope or a mark on a piece of paper [or some other similar representation]. Each knot or notch stood for a single object in a collection on a one-to-one basis. It was not a true counting system, but it did allow for a person to keep track of whether or not all members of a group were still present in the group when it was "recounted" [compared]. Later tally marks probably were grouped for convenience in visualizing the total number of members in a group.

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