[03 May 2012]

You may have heard of PostSecret.com.

Frank Warren started PostSecret by handing out self-addressed post cards to strangers on the street, and invited them to share whatever secret they liked. He was stunned with the response. More than half a million people have sent in postcards sharing all sorts of secrets about the lives, their loves and their activities.

You don’t have to use your real name, of course (or even your real email, if you do, you can get updates and people add their own secrets. Either way, your email is not published.)

You are encouraged to use an image like the original PostSecret examples, but text is fine, too!

If you want to use your own image (450×450 px maximum), upload it to somewhere on the Web and then use this code to show it:

<img src="IMAGE-URL-GOES-HERE" />

### More background

Warren spoke at TED SXSW recently about how the PostSecret concept started.

I’ve started by sharing my own secret.

1. Murray says:

2. Philip Petrov says:

I started to fully understand the high-school math when I joined the university. I started to … almost fully understand the bachelors math when I joined the masters program. Now when I joined the PHD program… I am unsure if I understand anything in the math (at all).

3. Li-sa says:

My math secret

To study math because ___
(a) math is useful
(b) math is fun
(c) of a boy ? I hope he doesn’t know it…

Another way to entertain the idea that our real motives are emotional more than they are rational. Seriously.

4. neal says:

my favorite ‘gotcha’ … from Schaum’s College Algebra.
(i guess the secret is, ‘always read the instructions at least 3X )

when the author says,

solve the equation

2x-3/x-1 = 4x-5/x-1. multiplying by x-1, 2x-3 = 4x -5 or x=1.

he means –> multiply by (x-1)/1 <–
NOT (x-1)/(x-1) … 'cause you are not factoring.

this one bites me late at night … but i have an excuse — i'm 62

5. ahmed says:

Most of the *math* i know, is self-learnt. When one has to work at a fulltime job, PLUS, study, as i had to do, there was no question of attending regular math classes at the undergraduate and graduation levels.
In this process of self-learning of maths, one of the best books which i studied was ( and still is) ” TEACH YOURSELF CALCULUS” by P. Abbot ( First Printing 1940)

Such books talk to the reader/learner. That’s the secret of understanding math through text-books.

Later on in life, specially after 1982 , i have been approached by students to help them at math. They still come home every evening for coaching in maths. When one has to *teach* others, some more re-learning of a simplified creative nature occurs as an internalized process.
The mind clears it past math concepts. One learns to teach and to stress that the small things of math are as vital as the abstruse topics of advanced maths.

I am NOT a qualified *teacher*—-but having learnt applied mathematics at a polytechnic, one appreciates in old age why those academic institution taught us 50% more math than was needed. Its a permanent intellectual investment.

If i know math ,today , its because of having jumped into the stream of CALCULUS, without knowing how to swim !!!

ahmed ( age 71 years)

6. christopher says:

I hatred maths during ma childhood… It wasnt easy to simply get to understand why i should do this quite logical subject…especially get to talk of long division….after passing thro the ordeal of punishment as a result of failing any maths test and the stress that i had to pass thro in class 6…it turns out to be that am now a PRO. In maths the secret is that mathematics is everyday life situations that we face…so once we face them and solve the problems then i think same has to be done in the book as well…so it was like i solve maths problem everyday…. Thanx to God i had had 100% in maths and received several awards for been the best student in maths… Its simply abt consistent practising!!

7. ije says:

Math?!!! At first it was just another-ordinary-have-to-do subject. Well, you see it was nothing at first until such time I decided to take up a course that is somehow major in mathematics. I really didn’t get it why I enrolled in such. HONESTLY!!!! Until now I find it funny. But with my journey in this road, it teach me how to analyze things and why it happen that way. It teach me that the consequences that I face is always in its balance, always a cause and an effect of everything I do. Math is not just a mere alien subject which some people claim to be difficult. Its just sometimes we fail to understand why. Thus this shows that like in our life, our life is full of mysteries. If we find it miserable then we just fail to understand it.

8. maaike says:

If the name – Zacolis – is used as a key, then what could it mean?

9. ChevelleMalcolm says:

Yeah even though math can be hard it is really important

10. George DeMarse says:

My math secret is I failed a number of courses in high school and hated it.

Now–as a retiree-I am reading some history of mathematics and find the verbal terms explaining math concepts rich in a kind of literary way.

I still don’t understand it–nor do I want to sit around and solve quafratic equations–but I find it entertaining in the same way as a Waltons rerun: stilted yet developmental.

The Sage of Wake Forest

11. Jesse says: