A cartoon by John de Phillis
on a quote by Fan Chung  Graham
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Don't be intimidated!

I have seen many people get discouraged because they see mathematics as full of deep incomprehensible theories. 

There is no reason to feel that way. 

In mathematics whatever you learn is yours and you build it up -- one step at a time. It's not like a real time game of winning and losing. You win if you are benefited from the power, rigor and beauty of mathematics. It is a big win if you discover a new principle or solve a tough problem.

--Fan Chung (Univ. Calif., San Diego)

MATH HORIZON, Sept. 1995, pp.14-18, advice to young women considering careers in mathematics, from an interview with Don Albers