
Re: Q: Engineering or Math?
Posted:
Nov 18, 1997 10:10 AM


In article <64flg7$n5t$1@nntp.ucs.ubc.ca>, israel@math.ubc.ca (Robert Israel) wrote:
> My impression is that the trend in engineering education, at least in some > places, is to a decreased emphasis on mathematics. Engineers want to learn > "just the part that is useful to us and not one bit extra", which may > reduce to "which button to push". Of course there is the danger that > the buttons may change in a couple of years, as well as the problem of > who is going to design the next generation of buttons. It's almost certain > that there are many areas of math that don't seem applicable right now but > will turn out to be applicable in the future. What you should look for > is a mathematical education that is broad enough that you will be able to > learn this new material when it does become useful to you. Often what's > important to learn is not the specific content of a course but the > "mathematical maturity" it provides, the ability to look at a problem > from a mathematical point of view, to identify the features that may be > amenable to mathematical analysis, etc.
Agreed. I have been to conferences where I've heard EE people talk seriously about only teaching digital circuitry and dropping any analog material from the curriculum. They were serious  even though in the end everything is analog and you can't avoid that if you want to create new circuitry from new materials.
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