Who invented maths? (don’t answer that)
I mean, I understand that we need to know how to pay taxes, organise our finances. I understand that I need to learn how to cut a cake for so and so many people. I even see the point in geometry. Maybe, one day, I’ll want to build a house or maybe I want to put a pool in my garden, so then I have to figure out how much space I need for the amount of water I want. Okay. I understand that. I do.
But tell me, dear mathematicians, who cares what x is in an equation that some maths teacher made up? And why to I have to find out the width of a tunnel when I only have the area, not the diameter – why can’t I just measure it?!
And where do you find your so called “problems”? Where?
When you think about it, you’re just causing unnessecary trouble that I have to fix for you.
No, seriously. I think it’s a problem, that many kids are bulimic due the all the skinny runway models and that there are people starving in the desert because their homes were destroyed by some stupid civil war. I think it’s a problem that the arctic is melting and polar bears are drowning because of it. Those are problems.
But today I sat there trying to find out what area we have under a curve, so that eventually I can find out where the curve is. Someone please tell me in which real-life-situation I will have to do that – whatever we are doing? Will it bring peace to the world? Will it influence politics? Will save the rainforest? NO! On the contrary in fact, it will fill so many pieces of paper you could put it back together to build a tree!
So, please, dear mathematicians, leave me alone! You’re giving me a headache!