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#1 20131002 02:31:30
What worldy occurrences can we think of in terms of mathematics?I have been thinking about this for a while. The majority of people see math as useless. Beyond arithmetic, fractions, ratios & percentages and basic geometry there is nothing useful for the average person. Anything to do with algebra or beyond is almost exclusively used by people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics itself. #2 20131002 03:04:13
Re: What worldy occurrences can we think of in terms of mathematics?Hi;
That is true, but the majority is almost always wrong. As you mention later, people tend to follow the majority, the trend, but it is rarely the best way.
I agree. Some Vegas casinos found out the hard way concerning their Roulette wheels. By the way Vegas is the longest running simulation of the laws of probability in human history. It all works fine.
That is true but technology and engineering are our whole lives. They are everywhere.
Hmmm, asking people to be creative on demand just does not work. That is like asking can anyone paint the Mona Lisa, or can you play brilliant chess or get an original idea. In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #3 20131002 06:52:04
Re: What worldy occurrences can we think of in terms of mathematics?
Can you elaborate on this? I'm not sure if I understand correctly. Do you mean a perfect coin is an abstract concept which doesn't exist in the real world, yet probability theory works in the real world? Or do you mean something else? Last edited by daijoubu (20131002 06:54:48) #4 20131002 09:19:16
Re: What worldy occurrences can we think of in terms of mathematics?Yes, we are talking about an abstract coin. In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof. #5 20131002 10:52:00
Re: What worldy occurrences can we think of in terms of mathematics?@bobbym #6 20131002 12:49:29
Re: What worldy occurrences can we think of in terms of mathematics?There are 2 kinds of probability. Subjective and objective. When the weatherman says there is a 30% chance of rain, that is an subjective probability. It is a guess and often unreliable even in the long run. When we say the probability of drawing a king from a deck of cards is 1 / 13 this its an objective probability. It is the result of a calculation or some empirical experiment. These are highly reliable in the long run. As a matter of fact the term luck has little meaning here. In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them. I have the result, but I do not yet know how to get it. All physicists, and a good many quite respectable mathematicians are contemptuous about proof.
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