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

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.

Hah, I didn’t notice that before. I guess Superman needs to practice his arithmetic.