Mathematics is a difficult subject and we should not conceal it – Cedric Villani

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MUMBAI : Known for his bold and stylish dressing sense, French mathematician Cedric Villani is also called the ‘Lady Gaga of French Mathematicians’. In Mumbai for a public lecture, the Fields Medal winner tells The Free Press Journal that Mathematics is no child’s play!

A lot of students find Mathematics a subject difficult. Is it really a difficult subject or do we make it so?

This is a question people ask me in more or less any country in the world. So, yes it is really difficult. Secondly, I think we should not conceal this from students. Maths is tricky, that’s it. It is a challenge, go for it. That’s why it is interesting. To understand Maths you have to work. It is a sport. You want to take the exercise, go ahead and do it. Exercise is something that is difficult to understand. If it doesn’t hurt your brain you will make no progress.

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