John Mighton

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John Mighton is a Canadian playwright and mathematician. He had a small part in "Good Will Hunting".[1]

He volunteers 40 to 50 a week for Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies (JUMP), a math-tutoring group he founded in Toronto, and wrote two books about how to teach math.

  • The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child (Sep 1, 2004)
  • The End of Ignorance: Multiplying Our Human Potential (Aug 12, 2008)


  • One of the great mistakes we make with children who are challenged is to start at too high a level and not to work back and forth between different levels of abstraction.
  • ... the brain can acquire new abilities that emerge suddenly and dramatically from a series of small conceptual advances.