Hello fellow learners,
Are there any math resources you like have found/find helpful on your path with computing? I’m interested in any thoughts you may want to share about math and your computing journey.
I’m particularly interested in AI and data science tracks, as well as cryptography, so I have a lot of math ahead of me.
I have been going through a phase of recapitulating and improving my rusty math fundamentals. and just developing a new way of relating to and thinking about math. This has required a lot of courage; it is not so difficult as it is tedious to get back into these things I learned, without ever having really properly learned them sequentially when I was younger. It seems one of the major mental obstacles to coding and particular branches of computer science is just dealing with the accumulated detritus and effects of poor math curriculums and unhelpful relationship to math.
I’ve found online “smart” platforms where I can do problems and track my progress most helpful. I love them because they help me make the most of my learning time to make faster progress, moving quickly through material I already understand, and zeroing in and giving me practice on problem sets where I have most rooms for improvement.
I’ve used IXL for this, and also Aleks, but only for the review of the fundamentals so far, not yet for anything past algebra. I also know of a platform called ZyBooks but haven’t used it. Does anyone have any experience with these or thoughts on them or others at fundamentals/algebra level and moving beyond into statistics, precalculus, discrete math, linear algebra, calculus, and other relevant math? I’ll be doing a long sequence of self-learning over the coming year and any thoughts or resources you have to share would be most helpful in tuning my strategy design.
In addition to online AI/Machine Learning-based platforms, I’m interested in books you’ve found effective, forums, online courses, communities or other resources you might recommend. I thank you so much for any insights, resources, comments. All the best!