Why Math?Date: 3/25/96 at 14:47:45 From: JAK Subject: Why math? Why do you like math so much? It's a pain in the butt! ;) Date: 9/28/96 at 21:33:7 From: Doctor Sydney Subject: Re: Why math? Dear JAK, I know math can seem like a huge pain sometimes, but a lot of higher mathematics is very beautiful. I know, I know, you probably don't believe me, but a lot of people think of math as an art form at its abstract levels. For instance, one of my favorite concepts in math is infinity. Mathematicians have studied infinity very carefully, and they have found that there are different "sizes" of infinity. For example, the set of counting numbers, {1, 2, 3, ...}, is infinite, but it is "smaller" then the infinite set of all real numbers (all numbers on the number line, like 2, 1/2, the square root of two, pi, etc.) Practically speaking, math is extremely useful in every science. Keep plugging away! I hope you enjoy it. -Doctor Sydney, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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