# How to enjoy doing what a mathematician does? [closed]

Reading a paper in which many formulas have been involved regardless the original concept is fairly a usual case happens to me often since the mathematics is the basics of anything. Sometime I enjoy to simplify several lines of algorithm into a simple set of mathematical symbols. The beauty is the result is much simpler to understand, memorize and further development then. Unfortunately, this is not the case sometime that is facing with lots of equations requiring several pages of explanation of what a simple symbol is. To conclude and make my question clear, I would ask: Is there a way for a non-mathematician to
1) enjoy
2) understand
3) digest
4) develop
a mathematical formula which could be simple or complex as a mathematician could?

Note: Before critical commenting please make sure you understand what I am asking.

Update:

You gently aknowledge that nowadays it is fair to consider that every academic has a background in advanced mathematic. Although often they are just for getting pass mark sometime for someone. Being this said, I can undertsand complex formula but often I don't enjoy. The enjoyment is the key point to me to undertsand/digest and hopefully to develop my idea in which mathematical concepts are involved. If I understand then possibly I'll enjoy. So it looks something somewhere should start. Tell me how you mathematicians deal with formulas/equations/complicated concepts...

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Don't take this as a critical comment, but your first sentence is really impossible to understand. Can you reformulate it so that the subject of the sentence becomes clear? Actually your question is not that clear either. You ask for a way to enjoy-understand-digest-develop a formula as a mathematician could, while remaining a non-mathematician? Probably you cannot. –  Marc van Leeuwen Feb 6 '12 at 10:15
@MarcvanLeeuwen Well it could be a wish! I mean it in some extent. You can imagine what a mathemtician could do is ocean I wish to enjoy a lake. It is fair enough. The first sentence is telling that mathematics is like air, necessary to be alive, wherever we could be: mountain, ocean, .... –  Developer Feb 6 '12 at 10:51
"Before critical commenting please make sure you understand what I am asking." - the way you've written your question makes understanding slightly difficult. What I would suggest is that you develop the skill of being able to break down some formula you've seen into chunks that have meaning on their own. –  Ｊ. Ｍ. Feb 6 '12 at 11:08
@J.M. That's a common and good trick. If you are a mathematician think about my question as how you can share your enjoyment with me regarding an intensive mathematical work that you have done. –  Developer Feb 6 '12 at 11:11
"Oh, I'm not a mathematician either..." -- maybe not professionally... –  Chris Taylor Feb 6 '12 at 11:32