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Most people dislike mathematics because it starts with arithmetic. Now this is unfortunate, because there is about as much cause for hating mathematics on account of inability to handle long division, as there is for refusing to read Shakespeare because you were slow in learning your letters. For mathematics and schoolbook arithmetic have nothing whatsoever to do with each other.

Denning Miller
American Building Contractor
Popular Mathematics, 1942

Note: Denning Miller wrote this book during WWII, partially as an effort to "re-educate" potential troops who had learned little mathematics during their schooling.