WHY MATH IS THE BEST WAY TO MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD
When Rebecca Goldin spoke to a recent class of incoming freshmen at George Mason University, she relayed a disheartening statistic: According to a recent study, 36 percent of college students don't significantly improve in critical thinking during their four-year tenure. "These students had trouble distinguishing fact from opinion, and cause from correlation," Goldin explained.
She went on to offer some advice: "Take more math and science than is required. And take it seriously." Why? Because "I can think of no better tool than quantitative thinking to process the information that is thrown at me." [snip]