Mathematics in Our Day to Day Life

Mathematics in Our Day to Day Life

“Mathematics is the result of mysterious powers which no one understands, and which the unconscious recognition of beauty must play an important part. Out of an infinity of designs, a mathematician chooses one pattern for beauty’s sake and pulls it down to earth.” – Marston Morse (famous American Mathematician).

Do you know that you are in constant touch with maths in your day to day life? Do you know that how much you are exposed to mathematical fundamentals daily? Do you know that even unintentionally but you are actually using maths regularly?

Many people say that they hate maths but they have no idea that despite hating such wonderful subject, they are still using it in their day to day life. Maths has actually become a part and parcel of our daily lives. When you call someone from your mobile phone, then after the call you check your remaining balance which actually requires knowledge of mathematics. Even if you go out for a small trip outside, your brain starts working in a systematized and mathematical manner. Indeed, your brain starts calculating the time to get to the destination or how much fuel would cost your pocket. If you’re driving slowly, then it will take more time to reach your destination, so in this case, you increase the speed of your vehicle.

Even while cooking food, the number of cups to be used for measuring water etc. takes the help of such basic maths. If you go to a shop to buy something like sugar or some vegetables then your purchasing decisions would be entirely based on your understanding of the budget, cost, and affordability. While watching TV or while driving or even while shopping, people use various mathematical concepts then why people do not like it. And the reason for this is quite simple and that is these small decisions and calculations do not require a high level of thinking since these are not very complex problems and this is the main reason due to which we forget the importance of such fundamental subject.

Albert Einstein correctly said that as far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

With the passage of time, people have developed a strong phobia for this subject despite using such above stated fundamental concepts day to day life. And this thing has actually taken the world away from mathematics. Schools and institutes should start awareness about this universal subject and start teaching it in a very flexible manner. We all need to take out the fear of this subject from people’s hearts especially from the younger children. Teachers should start using funnier ways to teach maths and to develop a love for this in their hearts. Teaching simple problems with riddles and puzzles is the correct way to inculcate the knowledge in their minds. Don’t think maths is just a subject where you learn to count, it is actually much more beyond our limits.

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