Tikekar, R.
(2020)
Why Should You Study Mathematics?
At Right Angles (8).
pp. 614.
ISSN 25821873
Abstract
How can one then be motivated to study mathematics? This article attempts to break these myths and supply an answer to the question an aspiring college student would ask of us: why should I choose a degree in mathematics and a career as a mathematician?
Let me first get this notion out of the way that mathematics is a difficult subject. I am, by profession, a computer scientist. I study algorithms, applications, systems software, and hardware. When I tell people about my
profession, most confide in me that they do not understand computers. Many others confess that they have found programming to be difficult. I find biology and medicine, with all those complex and difficult to spell terms, like hydroxychloroquine, to be harrowing. So, difficult is a relative term: one person’s difficult is another person’s easy. Once a subject is understood, it no longer remains hard or mysterious. To me, all it takes is motivation and
perseverance  this applies to any field, not just to mathematics.
So, why should you study mathematics?
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