The math of nature

Math can teach us a lot about our world. Just as Isaac Newton used calculus to describe the motion of planets, the shapes of the natural world around us can be described by mathematics.

A university professor from Harvard explains how he uses mathematical models to better understand "the geometry of the universe's hidden dimensions."

At the same time, he also works to dispell perceptions about math, explaining that mathematicians are scientists who are simply trying to understand the principles of our surroundings.

Read this article on the work of Professor Shing-Tung Yau.

The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.


 

Cryptanalyst
$137,780/yr
$126,000/yr
Actuary
$160,000/yr
Physician
$187,199/yr
Attorney
$187,199/yr
Chemist
$116,130/yr
$180,000/yr
Geographer
$102,440/yr
Geologist
$160,910/yr

Figures represent salary potential.

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Dr. Cary Oberije, a postdoctoral researcher in The Netherlands, has found that mathematical models can be used to accurately predict patients' responses to treatment. Prediction models were used to analyze lung cancer patients' likelihood of survival and...

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