why is mathematics so important ?

- anonymous

why is mathematics so important ?

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- anonymous

It isn't

- anonymous

really?

- anonymous

No haha it actually is. It just doesn't feel useful

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- anonymous

because basically everything requires mathematics

- anonymous

hmm.. useful ? i thought everything in this universe is depended on it!!

- anonymous

and math is like a language.

- anonymous

so mathematics is like the lanaguage of physics and what ever there is? is that what you are saying ?

- TuringTest

not important at all
unless you like computers, buildings, science, keeping track of your money, and not looking like a retard who doesn't know how to add and subtract ;)

- anonymous

@TuringTest
What kind of job does not require math?

- anonymous

@turing test : thats a nice name. you sure know mathematics alright. i am after computers by the way. just wanted to know about mathematics. its the basics..

- TuringTest

weather predictions, investment opportunities... exactly moneybird

- TuringTest

Thanks for the name recognition. I'm not much of a CS guy though ironically, just thought the name was clever. I'm a physics person myself.

- anonymous

i read about alan turing. some person. if it weren't for him we would not have compilers and string search...

- TuringTest

@moneybird
I was at mcdonalds once and the bill was $5.21 or something.
I tried to give the cashier a $10 bill and a quarter and they couldn't understand why, so yes you really need it for almost ANY job lol

- anonymous

ur welcome... what interests u in physics ?

- anonymous

lol

- TuringTest

@karthik
Turing was a great genious. I got the idea from a book called Godel, Escher Bach by Douglas Hofstadter.
I like physics because it's deep. The nature of the universe is interesting in my opinion. That's all. Plus math is fun, and I get to use it.

- anonymous

However, it seems that math is the most struggling subject in schools

- anonymous

it is becoz math is taught that way.... learning becomes fun when it has creativity ...

- TuringTest

because people just see a bunch of x's and y's and get all confused. They don't see the point. I hated math until I was took biology, then I saw it was important, which made it interesting to me.

- anonymous

math is more about the concept while history and other courses are more like memorising

- anonymous

einsteins uncle taught some maths to him by saying that "X is the mising animal in a jungle.."... the way of presentation matters a lot..

- TuringTest

That kind of thing never helped me karthik. Unless I CARE what animal is missing it seems arbitrary.
Like 'Johnny has 12 apples and Susie has 3/4 as many as Johnny'.
In middle school my response was 'Who the hell cares?'
It wasn't until math let me find out things I was interested in that I began to like it.
You, @moneybird, seem to like math purely for the sake of math, so we are different in that way. I still find advanced math fun though.

- anonymous

Well, depends on what do you define as advanced math. advanced math as in higher level of math or deeper thinking?

- TuringTest

deeper thinking
like that theorem you showed me to find the number of factors of any number. Factoring is a simple idea, but the mathematical symmetry/patterns you can find in it are fascinating.

- anonymous

i like deeper thinking too. It makes you feel confident when you finish the problem.

- TuringTest

^definitely :)

- anonymous

Mathematics is important because using the right math you can describe any natural phenomenon more or less accurately. If you know, for example, the math governing celestial bodies, you can predict the path of an asteroid and whether it's likely to hit earth, or when and where to launch a rocket so that it can bring a rover to Mars without missing it by a few million miles.
Knowing the math behind general relativity is imperative for example for GPS navigation (relative time and how it is influenced by gravity and the relative movement of two observers is essential to this - with only a small error in the math, GPS navigation could be off by miles). Knowing the math governing the behaviours of different materials is essential to being able to build integrated circuits and skyscrapers out of concrete and steel.
These are just a few examples, but you get the idea. Math is literally at the heart of almost everything we do and use every day.

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