Mathematics is the science of numbers, space and magnitude. It is a vast scientific discipline that can be divided in to physics, engineering and applied mathematics. Developed over approximately 5000 years ago, mathematics has progressively grown in to a basic science used to calculate ad explain relationships between variables. I must say mathematics is a complex subject. Nonetheless, it my best subject and I am pretty good at it (Burger & Starbid, 2010). Mathematics is all about the use of numbers to chronologically explain, calculate and develop realistic conclusions using definite formulas of operation.
Engineering and applied mathematics are the perfect areas of the mathematics discipline from a personal stand point. These two deal with establishment of certain problems and development mathematically quantifiable solutions to these problems (Burger & Starbid, 2010). Physics is more of laws and assumptions that to me are subject to incessant changes in different variables. My most memorable mathematical encounter came back at my graduate level when my professor officially introduced us to the principles of mathematics. The surprise and reality that hit me about my naïve knowledge of mathematics at that point created an insatiable appetite to learn and understand mathematics discipline to the core (Burger & Starbid, 2010).
Learning mathematics entails a comprehensive study of the use of numbers to define, explain, derive and correlate relationships between different variables using certain mathematical formulas. In a nutshell mathematics is all about finding genuine solutions to problems using arithmetically developed, tested and proven formulae (Burger & Starbid, 2010).
The relationship between Christianity and the mathematics discipline I must say is relatively small. Although some instances in Christianity such as the census of the Israelites by the angel of death can be mathematically explained, I still think that Christianity and mathematics are quite different. Passion, dedication, hard work and curiosity are the most important qualities of mathematicians. To succeed in this course my plan is to enthusiastically combine passion, dedication, hard work and curiosity to learn new principles of mathematics (Burger & Starbid, 2010).
Every action in live has a mathematical explanation. In fact this subject offers human race an opportunity to derive realistic formulas that explain the nature of relationships that define live. The highly interesting quality of mathematics as a discipline is the fact that only numerical characters are used in defining and explaining the different relationships in our lives (Burger & Starbid, 2010). Unlike other disciplines therefore, mathematics presents us with the unique opportunity to evade the world of complex theories and unending controversy in other subjects and provide us with the rare chance to develop mathematically quantifiable solutions.
Majority of people have a negative understanding of the mathematics discipline. Many assume mathematics is a problematic and hectic subject ruled by complex formulas (Burger & Starbid, 2010). This books opens up the mathematic discipline beyond the extent of algebra, trigonometry and calculus to an attractive art of intermarrying ideologies that in real life setting might not be deemed mathematical. It is a mathematical fan book that brings out the most important and interesting part of mathematics to the readers. The authors are point on when they argue that “…some people view mathematics as a set of formulas to be applied to a list of problems at the ends of textbook chapters…” (Burger & Starbid, 2010). At first I had no interest in mathematics because of the formulas. Fortunately, with the positive leadership of my teachers I have come to become a passionate mathematician.
Burger, E. & Starbid, M. (2010). The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation of effective thinking, 3rd Edition. Key College Publishing.