Greetings. I’ve always been interested in these two subjects as a personal preference. I also believe in the belief that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. But how exactly is History learnt? How exactly is Maths learnt? I would like to take a closer look at this.
Well we all know that History is learning about the past. Events that we weren’t alive for (and admittedly some of those events were much more exciting than stuff we’re seeing today) and an opportunity to learn about those events. As well as learn how was information learnt back then and the people who lived back then. What were they like? Knowledge in history is like a family heirloom. It gets passed from generation to generation and with each passing generation, it deteriorates a bit. Some pieces of knowledge are lost to the ages never to be recovered and the lucky pieces we do get offer amazing insight to what really happened back then. Obviously our main sources of knowledge come from people who were alive when the event took place as some documentaries about the world wars show us. Diary entries and newspaper clippings from the time also give us knowledge. In History we also learn whether information is reliable or not. Some pieces of media have proven to be biased in a certain way, to appeal to a certain audience and ultimately, blocking out true understanding on the topic. Professional historians know this and try to read in between the lines. In Maths however it’s a bit different.
In Maths, there is no need to read in between the lines, no need to find out whether information is reliable. In Maths, the numbers indicate the answer and the answer is absolute. There is no room for debate. For example we all agree that 2+2=4. No one can deny that. Admittedly, this is why Maths is one of my least favourite subjects, because there is no wiggle room so to speak. In Maths, there is a formula that people must follow to complete the equation, and while there are different ways to tackle a question, the result is the same. In History, you can look from several different points of view that each have different answers on topic.
We all have our different perspectives and different opinions on topics. But if there is one thing we cannot argue on, it’s that 2+2=4.