Mathematics forms a very integral part of our lives and its involvement in our lives is undeniable. It is an assortment of various studies and topics like quantity, structure, space, change and even much more.
Mathematics is not limited to a particular mindset or thinking. It’s definition, scope, and horizon varies with each mind analyzing the concept on his own. On a smaller level, you might have noticed that all questions always have more than one method to reach a solution. Like if you are receiving 9 pencils each from 2 people, you can just multiply 9*2 to get 18 pencils or you can individually add up both 9 pencils to arrive at an answer of 18 pencils.
Either way, you reach the correct answer. Numbers have entropy with their structure and they form beautiful patterns which take our minds with fascination and awe. Mathematics is also seen in nature but I would like to elaborate about it further later on.
All the primary level, teaching of mathematics begins with simple counting. The tiny tots learn to count things on their fingertips. This becomes a start to their development of knowledge in mathematics. As they grow up, they learn how to undertake operations on large numbers. The first practical aspect they get to experience is measuring lines and purchasing some small snacks or refreshments.
They learn the nature of number imprinted in the note. As they grow up, they learn various concepts related to time, speed, distance, money and many other things. Mathematics is a science based on assumptions and derivations. They learn how to desire concepts and use the assumptions to their advantage.
Also, higher science makes a lot of use of mathematics. Primary science also makes use of math’s but at higher stage it is almost virtually impossible to differentiate between mathematics and science. Mathematics is the life to all practical subjects, be it concerning commerce, science, mathematics, economics and what not.
Besides it’s relation to science, it’s existence is crucial for accountancy. Accountancy is more or less a play of numbers only. Similarly, economics uses a great deal of mathematical concept to put forward it’s theories and concepts.
Mathematics in nature
Mathematics is an integral part of nature but seldom do we notice it’s importance. Listed below are few points describing its importance.
Symmetry – thank god for symmetry else this Earth would have been a disintegrated place. Butterflies, flowers, human body, orange, starfish are only some examples I can quote for their symmetrical nature.
Shapes – mathematics has given us a deep understanding of shapes and structures we are surrounded with and their observations and existence in nature is just marvelous. For e.g. Earth is an oblate spheroid, a beehive is hexagonal in shape, conical shape of volcanoes.
It gave us the concept of parallel and perpendicular lines and taught us their real life application. But the most important of all is the fascinating Fibonacci series.
If a series of squares with lengths equal to the Fibonacci numbers is constructed, and a diagonal drawn though them a Fibonacci spiral is formed. It can be seen in the chambers of a nautilus shell. So, mathematics has given us the opportunity to observe such a beautiful pattern.
Geometry– geometry is essentially an extended study of shapes and their properties. Spiders design webs unique to their own senses. It’s decoding is credited to mathematics.
Mathematics in daily life
Math’s is universal and attached to every study and sphere of life.
- Chromatology– Math is a crucial part of time keeping and calendars. Without Math, no clocks, calendars and calculators would have been in existence.
- Finance – It is the duty of math’s to help you in your monthly budget. Without Maths, no controlling of money, its planned controlling and expenditure would have been possible. Even big MNC’s won’t be able to take any decisions without their stats ruled out.
- Understanding of world – Mathematics deepens the understanding of world in a coherent way and teaches us to use our resources efficiently and effectively to yield their maximum output without exploiting them.
- Grocery store – Your grocery store is a great example when you can see the help of some weights to ascertain the amount of requirement. This makes a fair deal on both sides.
- Kitchen – A kitchen can teach you a lot about ratio and proportion and its application. Cakes, cookies, biscuits, dishes are all prepared keeping in mind some proportion or ratio of different ingredients to be added to make a mouthwatering dish.
- Risk of travel – Mathematics helps you to reduce the risk of travel by ascertaining cost and expenditure beforehand. It lets us plan our travel in accordance to our pocket so as to make out travel cheap.
- Time management – Time is money but both time and money are mathematics. As always, it helps us to plan out a schedule beforehand so as to save time from any potential wastage.
Mathematics in architecture mathematics is the science behind the art of architecture. Without mathematics, architecture has no existence of its own. Math’s helps the architects to design the buildings. It plays an integral role in giving the buildings a symmetry.
It may be an asymmetrical shape as well but it is also constructed only with the help of some calculations. For instance, Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. Its top floors experience a lot of wind pressure. So, the architects used a wide range of devices to solve all the issues and gave it a shape in accordance to its structure.
Mathematics is the essence of our life and it dictates the very path we walk on it. The first example of central planning was seen during Harappan civilization. It was an impeccable example of city planning because it’s structure was well devised and planned.
The origins of what we have today was way back in history. I would like to end on a concluding note that without mathematics life would have been more chaotic and troublesome. Math’s has definitely provided us with a synchronization and harmony in our lives.