In high school (1950's) I found that I was good in math.
One day in Algebra I, our math teacher was out and our principal filled in for him.
He was a stuffy, dignified man and I wondered what he could teach us.
After the basic daily lesson, he showed us the "proof" that 1 = 2.
Well, it blew me away!
Later I found a paperback, "Fun With Mathematics" by Jerome S. Meyer.
It was filled with fascinating facts and fallacies.
Believe it or not, I went to college as a Music major. .I thought I had talent
and thought it was my first love. .Well, I had a lot of fun and flunked myself out.
After a stint in the Marines, I went back to college as a Math major, thinking that
Teaching Math is a good career to "fall back on". .While browsing in the library,
I came across Martin Gardner's book of his articles from Scientific American.
(At the time, there was only that one book.) .I read the book thoroughly several
times, taking notes and sharing the knowledge with my classmates. .(Sad to say,
only a few were enthused about it.)
It was a totally enlightening experience and that was when I discovered that
I truly liked Math. .I wanted to learn more about this fascinating subject.
Since then, I've bought all of Martin Gardner's books and dozens of others which
took me on exciting sideroads of Mathematics.
So I put in 36 years of teaching college-level math and am enjoying my retirement,
hanging out at these math sites. .And I'm still learning ... from other tutors and
from many students.
The journey never ends . . .