This is a blog designed to discuss the social uses of math. What have computers done to the realm of pure math? With the surplus of calculators in the world, do we need to memorize the simple multiplication problems like 8×7=56 ? Is it morally degrading that we constantly use technology we can’t begin to understand? What changes math-hating high school students into college students who frequently attend and use mathematics in their careers? In elementary school and high school there are so many people who activity hate and despise math; and yet by the time we all grow up; we have relaxed about math’s power over our lives.
Math is everywhere. Sometimes we choose to obsess over it (Bills) or ignore it (Debt) but I believe we should not obsess or ignore. Fruit and Vegetables should be a part of everyone’s diet. So too should Math.
So who am I to tell you these things? My name is Samantha Schumacher (previously Samantha Oestreicher) and I recently earned my PhD in Applied Mathematics. My research interest is in modeling whole earth dynamics with regards to climate change. I hated mathematics in high school, but somewhere along the way I decided I only hated it because everyone else did. I’m interested in why people hate math or don’t believe in its uses. If you are new, please take a look around. I would recommend the trio of posts on how Tap Dancing = Climate Change as a good place to start. It’s not the beginning, but it’s a self contained set of posts that may help you decide if you like it here. Welcome!
How Tap Dancing = Climate Change
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