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david
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Re: Jobs that use geometry
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Jan 24, 2005 9:23 PM


I am a software engineer and I got into the field because of Geometry. When I was in H.S. I learned how to do proofs, and I thought they were fun because it was like doing a puzzle. You had some 'game pieces' to play with that you put in the correct order to solve the puzzle.
The next year in H.S. I took computer programming, and found doing proofs and programming computers to be very similar. The 'game pieces' were different, but the concept was the same. So, I'd say that a 'software engineer' is a job that uses geometry. Do I ever use the Pythagoras Theorem in my job? No. Do I use the skills I learned in Geometry 'prooving' the Pythagoras Theorem? You betcha.
Are there other fields that use geometry in the same way? Sure. Lawyers need to make arguements and write legal documents in the same way that you learn to do 'proofs' in Geometry. They simply have a different set of 'game pieces'. The same applies to virtually any of the sciences or any job that relies heavily on logic.
For me, geometry wasn't about learning about circles, lines, and angles and stuff. It was about learning how to think. Geometry taught me to think in a very specific manner than I had before. This is what I think geometry REALLY is all about.
BTW, this answer to your question is also an answer to some of the educators out there who ask why they should teach proofs or if geometry should still be taught in H.S.



