I have never been naturally talented at math. I have always struggled with it for as long as I can remember. Even as far back as 1st grade I can remember having basic addition quizzes that were timed. You had to do 50 very rudimentary questions in 5 minutes. I can remember sitting there and staring at these questions bewildered and frustrated while everyone around me would be racing through them all. I would usually get about 30 or 40 of them done before time was up. I hated math.
That disdain didn't get any better. For years I always told myself, "Math just isn't your thing. You're a musician not a mathematician" I have since found that it is pretty hard to get better at something if you are constantly convincing yourself that it is impossible to do. I was that annoying kid in high school that would constantly ask my math teachers, when am I ever going to use trigonometry?
Even when I was learning how to speak, read and write Spanish, I found that the parts of the language that I struggled with the most were number words. I can't tell you how many times I was seriously confused at stores or paying bus fares over numbers that people would tell me. Still, I struggle with differentiating between simple words like fifty and five hundred which can be quite problematic.
So when I got home from living abroad, I opted to studying music in university which was something that I have always been naturally drawn to. How surprised was I when the first day of classes I was sitting in my psycho-acoustics class getting a crash course refresher on trigonometry and wave theory. Whether I liked it or not, science and more specifically math are inseparable from music. That is the moment I realized that being a musician means being a mathematician. Math was my thing all along. I just had to look at it from a different perspective.
So often in life, our perspective can be so negative that it limits what we can do and become. We are drawn to what we are naturally good at. That is a great trait to have but when we limit our view to only what we are good at, it limits how good we can be. When I started to learn about waves and how math plays a role in music, it suddenly opened a new appreciation of science to me.
I'm still not very good at math. I often have to do basic math where I work and I know that have to really take my time, focus and make sure that I am doing it correctly but I no longer think that math isn't my thing. It's just a thing that I have to work hard to do well but I can do it.
The KnowNothing Podcast has been going on for 2 months now and in that short time, I have seen such an outpouring from listeners and fans of the show. We have grown so much and I want to express how much I have been enjoying this passion project of mine.
I also wanted to officially announce our schedule for the show. We will be uploading the 1st of 15th of every month. We have been doing this from the start but I didn't want to officially say the schedule until I could see if I felt like it was sustainable.
Once again, thank you so much for your support. Make sure that you listen to our newest episode of the show featuring Jordan Pepper. We talked all about science including Jordan's views on GMOs. You can check it out here.