"Mathematics has the dubious honor of being the least popular subject in the curriculum ... Future teachers pass through the elementary schools learning to detest mathematics. They drop it in high school as early as possible. They avoid it in teachers' colleges because it is not required. They return to the elementary school to teach a new generation to detest it."
— Report to the Educational Testing Service Princeton, New Jersey, as quoted in TIME magazine (18 June 1956)
"The good Christian should beware the mathematician and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of hell."note
— Augustine of Hippo
"No! I can't take another minute in the cold unyielding world of numbers!"
"Arrr! Math be hard, let's go shopping!"
— LeChuckie doll, The Curse of Monkey Island
"I'm afraid we need to use... MATH."
— Professor Farnsworth, Futurama.
Math. The enemy of all things good.
— Bobo, Generator Rex
"All of these complaints [about how mathematics are taught] aside, the real problem with this kind of presentation is that it is boring. Efficiency and economy simply do not make good pedagogy. I have a hard time believing that Euclid would approve of this; I know Archimedes wouldn’t."
—Paul Lockhart, A Mathematician's Lament
Hades broke his gaze, cleared his throat, and looked to Thanatos and Hecate. "So - any ideas as how to handle our current predicament?"
Hecate waved a hand and her notepad appeared before her. "I'm already on it." She held up her notes for the group to see, displaying what looked like a series of complicated mathematical equations. "There's dark magic in this spectacular - if I say so myself - curse. Lady Demeter probably consulted Circe or Medea. Honestly, I'm a little offended she didn't come to me."
Ignoring the borderline-treasonous remarks made by Hecate, Hades took the notes from her, analyzing them closer.
"Isn't this algebra?" he inquired after a few moment, looking at her dubiously.
Hecate took the papers back, holding them protectively. "Algebra and dark magic are very closely linked." She nodded. "The mortals don't know this yet, but they will." She gave a dark laugh. "Oh, they will."