Difficulty of learning mathematics

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This page is about the difficulty of learning mathematics. What makes it difficult to learn math? Why does math seem more difficult (in some ways) than other subjects? Why do even some really smart people struggle with math? Why does it take so long to learn math?

Differences in difficulty between pre-rigorous mathematics and rigorous mathematics


NOTE: this section isn't really part of the article; it's a place to throw quotes into, with the hope that the quotes will eventually be smoothed out/summarized and placed in the main article.

Satvik Beri makes the case that "math geniuses" are people who have internalized prerequisite concepts so thoroughly that it has become intuitive to them, which allows them to pick up newer concepts quickly.

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