The power of Mathematics, now-a-days.
2 Jan 08
Mathematic provides MODELS. That's why it is so important. Everything needs abstraction to function at a certain level of complexity (i.e. computers, power grids, modern buildings) and math is a way of modeling that abstraction. It's theories to simulate the functioning of our brain and complex things in a way that can be handled. Not only numbers and shapes, but real technology: the technology of thought. Everybody hates mathematic (not really everybody, I love it) because it is difficult, abstraction is hostile to most common people lives. Also, in order to learn math at school you cannot leave "holes" into your studies (i.e. you cannot operate derivatives without knowing multiplication).