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August 27, 2011 / itsnobody

What’s mathematics useful for?

Some atheists have tried to convince me that mathematics like religion is nothing more than “philosophical nonsense and a waste of time”. Indeed without religion there would be very little to no need for higher mathematics or science, as religion is the cause of these things.

Most people probably think that we don’t really need higher mathematics for anything, it’s just a waste of time and has no real uses. But this of course is completely wrong. Higher mathematics like Calculus is useful for engineering and many other things.

One particularly deep useful application of higher mathematics is Maxwell’s equations. Without higher mathematics it would not be possible for a civilization to come up with Maxwell’s equations.

Basically all of our modern electrical technology requires Maxwell’s equations. Nearly all technology connected electromagnetic waves and communication are direct applications of Maxwell’s equations. Without Maxwell’s equations it’s impossible to invent things like a working radio, since a radio is a direct application of Maxwell’s equations. You cannot guess your way into inventing a radio or a TV like you can with some mechanical or steam devices, you absolutely need the mathematics to invent it. For most modern electrical technology knowledge of Maxwell’s equations is essential and necessary.

With basic arithmetic alone it’s not possible to formulate Maxwell’s equations. So if human beings had never developed higher mathematics most modern electrical technology would be impossible to invent.

Mathematics also finds countless other applications in engineering, computer science, business, and many other fields.

We’d probably be living with at most steam technology if we did not have higher mathematics.

Prior to atheists taking over, mathematics use to always be known as something similar to poetry or an art form, beautiful, inspiring, and insightful. But now that atheists are taking over they are discouraging people from doing mathematics that does not “seem” useful in modern times. Even worse atheists are now encouraging people to focus on math contests and math contest medals rather than mathematical contributions.

If atheists had initially ran things there would be no need for higher mathematics or science, we’d be living in the stone age with no technology, everyone just might have gone home and committed suicide.

Human beings should continue developing and extending upon mathematics for who knows what future history changing applications they may have…

The next time you use any technology directly involving electromagnetic waves remember that higher mathematics is what made it possible.

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  1. Ryan Schick / Jul 27 2014 3:36 pm

    I was hoping this page would basically show what math is useful for, “I hope itsnobody doesn’t start whining about atheists,” but again itsnobody whines about atheists.

  2. BoB / Apr 3 2013 8:57 am

    Religion killed many great thinkers. Who knows where we would be had they lived. Have atheists done the same? No.

  3. Chris P / Feb 6 2012 11:33 pm

    This atheist relies on higher mathematics – always have. I’d discourage the religious from learning it because then they might be competition. It’s pretty easy though because they just keep reading the same silly book over and over. I keep adding mathematics and fluid dynamics books and the religious are left in the dust..

    If you understand mathematics you are better at making money too.

  4. Fabio García / Feb 6 2012 2:08 am

    What are you talking about? I am an atheist, and I do mathematics just for fun, with no practical application in mind, as do many other mathematicians that I know, both atheist and theist. We all do both pure and applied mathematics.

    I also have yet to see a single word in discourage of mathematics, be it from an atheist or otherwise. Just how do you arrive at the conclusion that atheists “are discouraging people from doing mathematics”?

  5. hotshot bald cop / Sep 3 2011 10:50 am

    Why is it I at all times really feel like you do?

    • Anonymous / Sep 15 2012 8:55 am

      Probably because you’re as much of a nutter as he is.

    • Anonymous / Dec 31 2015 4:23 pm

      or him on another account

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