Superman’s mathematics

I recently came across this comic panel in a series of “Rubbish superpowers”. I have to say I’m a little bit ambivalent about it. On the one hand, it’s awesome that Superman used the term “super-mathematics”. On the other hand, the math he uses is just multiplication.

When we refer to mathematics as a superpower, we suggest that it’s powerful and cool. But superpowers also have the connotation of being arcane or completely inaccessible to mere mortals. It’s important to emphasize that everyone can learn math, and everyone should have at least basic math skills.

Of course, there’s no doubt that math is more useful than X-ray vision.

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3 thoughts on “Superman’s mathematics

  1. Laura Earle says:

    IS there? I don’t know, man, X-ray vision seems pretty useful…

  2. Abel Gage says:

    I think that Super-mathematics is indeed arcane and completely inaccessible to mere mortals, considering that 20 times 16 times 10 is 3200, not 32000.

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