Learning Math and Science
by Dr. Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE
We sometimes frustrate and fool ourselves unnecessarily when trying to learn. Dr.
Oakley provides insight on how to improve learning as we watch thirteen-year-old
Magnus Carlsen successfully take on the rude, crude behavior from the world’s greatest
chess player, Gary Kasparov. Carlsen’s tricks give insight on how to excel on tests and
be more open-minded and creative in academic work and to learn math and science
more easily and with less frustration. Dr. Oakley also explains how to turn the zombies
of our neural-circuits-of-habit into friends. By avoiding willpower, we can overcome
procrastination—often one of the most troublesome challenges for both students and
instructors. This presentation is based on Dr. Oakley’s forthcoming book, A Mind for
Numbers: How to Excel in Math and Science. It features insights from many of the
world’s leading scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.