The importance of mathematics is two-fold. It is important in the
advancement of science and our understanding of the workings of the
universe, and in the here and now it is important to individuals for
personal advancement, both mentally and in the workplace.
Here is a quote from the targets of the british national curriculum as
it relates to mathematics (
http://www.courtfields.somerset.sch.uk/maths/resources.htm ):
"Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to
understand and change the world. These tools include logical
reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in
abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms
of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy, the
environment and development, and in public decision-making."
Math is also very important in getting a variety of good jobs.
According to a british career guide website (
http://www.he.courses-careers.com/mathematics.htm ):
"Increasingly, employers are looking for graduates with strong skills
in reasoning and problem solving - just the skills that are developed
in a mathematics and statistics degree.
Let us look at a few examples. The computing industry employs
mathematics graduates; indeed, many university computing courses are
taught by mathematicians. Mathematics is used to create the complex
programming at the heart of all computing. Also cryptography, a form
or pure mathematics, is deployed to encode the millions of
transactions made hourly via the Internet and when we use debit or
credit cards. Mathematics and Computer Science is a popular degree
choice, and four-year degrees with a placement in industry are also
available. The latter give graduates plenty of relevant experience to
increase their employability."
Mathematics led to the perfect ratios shown in Renessaince painting.
The study of astronomy in the early times of its inception demanded
the expansion of our understanding of mathematics and made possible
such realizations as the size and weight of the earth, our distance
from the sun, the fact that we revolve around it, and other
discoveries that allowed us to move forward in our body of knowledge
without which we would not have any of our modern marvels of
technology.
The computer itself is a machine built upon the principles of
mathematics, being an invention so important as to bring about an
economic revolution of efficiency in data communication and
processing.
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