# math.

“If the rigorous scientific method is the stick, math is the carrot”: the former disciplines — censors — your *understandings* but the latter rewards you with new understandings materializing out of nowhere. Too bad math only gets sustainably interesting far beyond what was, for a long time, considered universally teachable — so evangelizing the stick without the carrot didn’t quite work: the age when science was already thoroughly mathified but a minority could see the mathematical sources of its insights was also the age of pseudoscience. E.g. with Newtonian mechanics, the mathematical formulation was simple enough for most to understand — to see that nothing is hiding in dark corners; Einsteinian spacetime wasn’t much more difficult but relied on mathematics that few popularizations dared touch — leaving room for speculation, provoking the rebellious, feeding laymen’s distrust of science. ■ After millennia of slow brew and centuries of accelerating educational pumping, a few short decades saw math spill out into all of sciences and humanities — flooding, or at least soaking, much of culture in a “rerun of the Pythagorean numeric cult”; this coincided with mathematics' quest for its own elusive foundations (and realizing that an infinity of maths exist, our own just as ascribable to the anthropic principle as is physics). Still, it took *Change*’s boost of human memory and reasoning tenacity (no more drilling or dumbing-down) for mass math literacy to start surging. From education outwards, a movement grew seeking answers for the “new complexity” cravings in mathematics — the “least unfree” of sciences (almost *science art*!), the “conjurer of meanings,” “provable philosophy,” “universal language of mind” (limitless but guaranteed against divergence); math even invades natural *languages* (regularizes and complexifies grammars, facilitates semantic combinatorics, powers *poetry*): few are the *lores* where “the math of this” would sound unenlightening. ■ “Half-blind without my retinue of curious crunchers”: so ubiquitous are math *feeleries* and visualizers — the “underlying unity agents” powered by the always-on *Arf*. With all that, “full mathematical thinking is dead” after the inference sniffers made reasoning *too* effortless: swarming upon nontrivialities, dazzling you by side vistas at every step, they just won’t let you experience a complete proof on your own; like writing, music, or biology, math became irreversibly *amplified*: “no return to blind groping.” A “new everything,” math has predictably *backslid* (oversocialization, “loose math,” “cookbook math”); you may tend your tiny number garden under the window but the whole often looms ungraspable — amorphously, unsustainably huge, only tethered together by hard-to-exit speedways of automated proofs.