Monday, November 10, 2008

Without mathematics

It goes without saying that without language, humans wouldn't have much to say. We'd have to bark or grunt--and point.

The same goes for mathematics: without mathematics, we couldn't say too much quantitatively about the world.

This idea is exemplified by the quote in this review of a new book on the history of finance:
Without mathematics, there would be no finance; and without finance, there would be no sophisticated, advanced economies.
Something to keep in mind. The foundation of a good education--and a successful career in many fields or pursuits--often includes a facility with language and mathematics. Both language and mathematics can be considered a key component of critical thinking.

PS: Note how the author uses the term "noughties" for the first decade of the twenty-first century.