Can mathematics be fun, interesting and worthwhile?

Mathematics is the discipline which is concerned with numbers, calculations and so on. Because it involves working with numbers, calculators and computers, people think it is boring and not worth the time and effort we invest in it. The calculations are good only to fulfill the necessities of our daily lives and for the smooth operation of the financial transactions we engage in our day to day life. Beyond that mathematics has no useful purpose, let alone the idea of it being fun and interesting. This is the perception of majority of people. However, can this be the whole truth? Can there be people who enjoy mathematics? The answer is a resounding yes.

Mathematics is the source of a number of games which are not only fun but also worthwhile in the sense that they make us more attentive and intelligent. Mathematical games include puzzles, arrangement games, matching up games, Tangrams (in which a square is cut into 14 pieces to make other different shapes), and so on. All these games are not only interesting but help us increase our reaction time, IQ and intelligence.

Similarly, majority of human activities including sports, business, and the like are based upon mathematical calculations and predictions. There is huge fun in calculating, betting, predicting, gambling and the like in games or sport event. Let us take an example of cricket. The true fun in cricket lies in calculating the required number of runs to win a match, required run rate to score that number of runs, the number of centuries a cricketer has scored in his lifetime, and so on. All these numeric calculations keep us overwhelmed and excited during the whole match. Apart from games, there are many different circumstances when we enjoy the calculation part overwhelmingly. For example, the index of stock market, the calculation of the wealth of the top businessmen and fortune 500 companies, box office collection of movies, and so on. We do enjoy and get interested in mathematical parts of various things. So, mathematics is usually fun and worthwhile.

Even when the mathematics is not attached with sports, economies, and so on, there are many people who find it interesting and amusing on its own. The concepts of pure mathematics like zero, infinity, imaginary numbers, pi, googol, etc are of great interest to many people. A group of mathematics passionate guys, known as Numberphiles, have uploaded many videos wondering exclusively about such mathematical concepts in the YouTube. Hadn't mathematics been so fun and interesting, would they have bothered to upload those videos? And would the audience have bothered to watch them?

Solving mathematical problems is amusing, interesting and worthy especially to the interested individuals. The intellectual people generally love to play with numbers, logic and mathematics. Many great scientists like Sir Issac Newton, Albert Einstein, Charles Babbage, et cetera have been great mathematicians of their times and made their discovery with the support of mathematics. Newton invented calculus, mechanics, and so on along with his theory of gravitation. Einstein’s most famous mathematical formula, E= mc2, which describes the relation of energy and mass, is the central part of his theory of Relativity. Therefore, mathematics is not only fun, but interesting and worthwhile as it has given birth to the greatest scientists of all times.

Use of mathematics to study our universe is not less exciting. The concept of derivatives used for mathematical calculation in terms of the rate of something is purely exceptional and it has been used to calculate velocities, acceleration, and so on of the planets and heavenly bodies. Similarly, the calculation of distance between the heavenly bodies, galaxies and so on had led us to wonder about the location of different objects in the sky. Measuring the size of Earth, galaxies, heavenly bodies, stars, and so on has allowed us to get fascinated by the enormity of the celestial bodies and the universe. Calculation of the age of the Earth, the solar system, stars and the universe has allowed us to amuse and ponder upon the vastness of time. Aren't all these amusing, fun, and worthwhile? Even though the lay persons and poetic people may find mathematical part involved in such calculations and phenomena uninteresting, they too cannot remain content without appreciating the outcome.

Therefore, from all these discussion, we can clearly state that mathematics is fun, interesting and worthwhile. Mathematics is also like the other disciplines, which don’t engage everyone. However, we can safely assert that it engages a considerable proportion of human population. Moreover, it is quite worthwhile as it has great importance in almost every aspects of our life.

Comments

  1. too much vauge

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  2. Not a bad essay, but it wasn't particularly exceptional either.

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  3. excellent essay

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  4. Our GP madam told us that we are not allowed to ask questions on a GP essay. But, in this essay you have asked two questions.. Is it appropriate?

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    1. It depends upon what type of question you are asking. A few rhetorical questions? Yes you can ask them. Irrelevant and open ended questions? Definitely no!

      Actually I'm not asking a question. I'm reasoning! :) I guess you can do that!

      But if you are not very confident, I don't recommend you to use rhetorical questions just like the bogus vocabularies and idioms.

      Write a very simple "to-the-point" essay and you win. Write a complex "obscure-and-vague" essay, and you lose!

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    2. Thank you for the explanation.

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