This Teacher Found a Brilliant Answer to an Eternal Question of All Pupils
Jeremy Kun, a professor of mathematics, was asked a question everyone was racking their brain about: "Where will I ever use all these sines, cosines, integrals, and the rest from algebra and geometry?" Unlike the majority of his colleagues, Kun wasn’t confused and named 5 reasons why math is important.
We at Bright Side might wish to argue with Jeremy, but we cannot deny these compelling arguments. All we can do is remember the math.
And not just admit it but also move forward to finally solve the impossible task.
For example, Carl and Clara are standing in front of an equation written on the blackboard. Clara is sure that the equation is correct, and Carl knows for sure it’s wrong. The next hour sees these two сhange places: Clara believes the equation is wrong, while Carl stamps his feet and calls Clara an idiot. Sounds like fiction? But mathematicians face such situations almost every day.
Ask any teacher what should you do if the task cannot be solved, and the answer will be simple: "Start from the beginning, and try to go another way. And don’t worry about the mistake you made because it was the thing that eventually showed you the right path."
Precision is the politeness of mathematicians. This statement is really hard to argue with because every term and phenomenon has a precise and clear definition.
Remember teachers making us learn by heart every definition of geometrical figures or, for example, Pythagoras’s theorem? We had no idea where or when we would use this knowledge. But let’s think — do we always say words without a moment’s hesitation as to their meanings? Would you be able to answer in a heartbeat what is happiness or love? Would your answers match those of your nearest and dearest? And more importantly, would you be able to name a thing that doesn’t have an exact definition?
Solving mathematical tasks is like playing chess. Every wrong or careless move can cause disastrous consequences.
How often, when doing your algebra homework, have you ended up in a deadlock because you put “minus“ instead of ”plus"? Even the smallest mistake can ruin everything and become a real obstacle on your way to a cherished dream. Math teaches us to be attentive and responsible for what we do. It isn’t a small thing, is it?
“What I state now is false“ — that’s how a famous ”liar’s paradox" sounds. It’s the best description of everything that’s going on in modern science.
There are lots of theorems, rules, and axioms that used to be considered correct, but now they’re not. And this means we shouldn’t blindly trust even the most authoritative opinion until we check it out ourselves. Scientists call it “reasonable skepticism,” and math teaches this very well.
Because if you don’t solve a task, someone else will surely do it. So why not become the first?