I always find it interesting how people view Maths. I get the feeling its rather like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. For me, Maths is logical, black and white, puzzling whilst lighting up the brain. English, on the other hand, may as well be a foreign language at times. I always did so badly in spelling tests and didn’t really discover the joy of reading until, aged 14, I read The Color Purple. I am in awe of people who can so eloquently write or speak off the cuff and have a dear friend who is a pleasure to listen to. I, however, usually stumble on my words and invariably have to use a Thesaurus to write anything of worth.
On one occasion, whilst waiting for a cup of tea at a school play, a teacher started trying to impress my eloquent friend, by mentioning books he had read and quoting Shakespeare. I decided to throw in my tuppence worth by adding “Give me Maths any day!”. To which he responded “Language has been around since the beginning of man, but as long as you can work out what change you should receive, you can get by on a bit of Maths”. I was, strangely, lost for words.
Maths is inextricably linked to our knowledge of science, the universe, technology and beyond. It adds depth and understanding to our thoughts and processes, to the world around us and our everyday lives. It provides meaning to data, allowing us to comprehend patterns and possible outcomes and giving us insight to human endeavors. Ultimately, we are able to anticipate certain scenarios, forecast requirements and allow us to plan for the future.
I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea and for some it will eternally be baffling. When you find Maths so fascinating and enlightening you do want to share it and help others to understand its intricate ways. Our aim is to do just that, to turn numbers into a language that everyone can understand.
In the end, there are not many companies where you can discuss your love of quadratic equations without a look of fear entering the room, so it’s good to be amongst like-minded people who enjoy the beauty of Maths. Invariably, however, my Thesaurus is usually open!