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Why Do You Like Math?
#11
RE: Why Do You Like Math?
(29th October 2016, 00:31)Kernel Sohcahtoa Wrote:
(28th October 2016, 23:33)Macoleco Wrote: "Rise above yourself and grasp the world"

Math is the most pure and fundamental science we have to understand the world, and it is objective.

Multiple mathematicians around the world have developed the same theories without ever knowing each other.

Well said, sir.

Macoleco Wrote:Nonetheless, I dont consider myself to have the skills required to develope mathematics, which is why I prefer engineering. In order to create palpable objects-

 I'd say this also pertains to me. While mathematical theory is fascinating to me, I lack the imagination and ingenuity to create math.  Hence, if I did pursue a career that called upon math, then it would have to be a field where math could be practically applied, such as engineering or the like.

I too have a love/hate relationship with math. It ends up with me massacrating lots of scribbled papers because I got a 0=1.

Obviously, math is used and sucessefully in all fields of science and proven consistent. I do think more work can be done in the field.
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#12
RE: Why Do You Like Math?
I prefer the humanities myself, or, at the very least, I'm more naturally inclined towards them. I do see the appeal in it, however, and I trust I could pursue it if I deemed it necessary.
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#13
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Because 0.999... = 1 and that's just plain awesome.
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#14
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I don't like maths. Mathematicians are like plumbers – if I need one I can hire one. ?

Boru
'There are people who long for immortality in the afterlife who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.' - Isaac Asimov
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#15
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I'm not an intellectual type person. But when I was in school math was my favorite subject because it didn't involve any reading/writing and it was just like this puzzle you had to solve.
"Of course, everyone will claim they respect someone who tries to speak the truth, but in reality, this is a rare quality. Most respect those who speak truths they agree with, and their respect for the speaking only extends as far as their realm of personal agreement. It is less common, almost to the point of becoming a saintly virtue, that someone truly respects and loves the truth seeker, even when their conclusions differ wildly." 

-walsh
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#16
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(29th October 2016, 09:34)Catholic_Lady Wrote: I'm not an intellectual type person. But when I was in school math was my favorite subject because it didn't involve any reading/writing and it was just like this puzzle you had to solve.

What is an intellectual type person ?
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#17
RE: Why Do You Like Math?
(29th October 2016, 09:34)Catholic_Lady Wrote: ...and it was just like this puzzle you had to solve.

Yeah, pretty much this. I am a sucker for puzzles. I was always terrible at absorbing the lessons from my teachers, so I always figured out my own unconventional methods to figure out the problems on my own instead. I made a game out of it sometimes. Some of my teachers thought I was really weird, but at least one liked me.
I don't believe you. Get over it.
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#18
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I was good at math in school early on. I then lost interest in most subjects though so it's not like I've got something against math.
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#19
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(28th October 2016, 23:10)robvalue Wrote: It's logical. It's exact. It's not subjective. It's fundamental.

I'm good at it Tongue

All of the above except I'm not very good at it Wink I did an open study course in it, and did alright in my coursework, but completely fell apart in the exam. Still love it though... particularly statistics and probability.
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#20
RE: Why Do You Like Math?
I don't like math because I suck at it and I prefer logic. I like math because it's logical. I prefer logic.
Our reactions to some of the worst situations can be the most empowering actions we ever take.
Sam Harris Wrote:They think: ”Well, if it’s all determined, why should I do anything? Why just not sit back and see what happens?” To sit back and see what happens is also a choice that has its own consequences. And it’s very difficult to do. You just try staying in your bed all day, waiting for something to happen, you’ll very quickly feel the urge to get up and do something and resisting this impulse will actually take more effort than going with it. It actually becomes harder to do nothing, than to do something, very quickly. So, you can’t step out of this stream of choices and efforts. And, clearly, choice and effort is part of the causal chain of life. If I hadn’t decided to write a book on free will, it wouldn’t have written itself. So effort and discipline and willpower, these are causal states of the brain that beget their own behaviors. And behaviors lead to outcomes in the world. So the choices we make in life are as important as most people think. But the next choice you make will come out of a wilderness of prior causes, that you can’t see, and did not bring into being.
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