Why Should You Study Mathematics?

Tikekar, R. (2020) Why Should You Study Mathematics? At Right Angles (8). pp. 6-14. ISSN 2582-1873

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How can one then be motivated to study mathematics? This article attempts to break these myths and supply an answer to the question an aspiring college student would ask of us: why should I choose a degree in mathematics and a career as a mathematician? Let me first get this notion out of the way that mathematics is a difficult subject. I am, by profession, a computer scientist. I study algorithms, applications, systems software, and hardware. When I tell people about my profession, most confide in me that they do not understand computers. Many others confess that they have found programming to be difficult. I find biology and medicine, with all those complex and difficult to spell terms, like hydroxychloroquine, to be harrowing. So, difficult is a relative term: one person’s difficult is another person’s easy. Once a subject is understood, it no longer remains hard or mysterious. To me, all it takes is motivation and perseverance - this applies to any field, not just to mathematics. So, why should you study mathematics?

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Tikekar, R.
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English
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mathematics, Motivation, History, Vignettes, Applications of mathematics
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Mathematics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > At Right Angles
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/2582
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