Q&A: Does advanced Mathematics have less application than lower level math?


If one is talking about paying the bill at the groceries, filing  income tax returns, or making a transaction at the bank, one may be right in saying  that advanced mathematics has no application in these and similar everyday  contexts.

But if one is an actuary, an aircraft designer, a submarine builder, or an astrophysicist one knows all too well  that advanced mathematics is not only useful, but indispensable.

Then again, it depends on which branch of mathematics one is talking about. Number theory is as useless a branch of mathematics as you can get. But even neuroscientists  find Fourier transforms to be useful.

When one has not been involved in such matters it is difficult to understand this, and one tends to become eloquent on the uselessness of mathematics!

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Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.

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