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Tomas Fernandez Nuñez

Student System Engineering, TEDxUTN


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Do Mathematics really help us to think and open our minds?

Well, i put that TED talk because was the only one that i found kinda related to this topic.
So a year ago I was in secondary school where teach about many subjects but very little mathematical content. I saw this as a problem, since my intention after leaving school was to pursue a engineering carrier, which obviously has a lot of math. So i studied and practiced hard to pass the entrance examination. After weeks of study, i noticed that was starting to think like in a more clear and analytical way.
I'm sure that most advanced mathematics might can help us when time to think.
Maybe was a growth phenomenon? or caused by mathematics?


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  • Nov 17 2011: Mathematics is a language as well as a means to develop creative ideas in a precise and understandable way. It can be an aid in understanding at least some aspects of any subject, from psychology to physics, but it has some limitations. For instance, every logical system is either inconsistent or incomplete (Kurt Goedel). Yet compared to most other languages it has the major advantages of precision and conciseness. It is the languge of science. Why? because science is about measuring things, and Math is a big help in getting that right. Wittgenstein believed that math was tautologous, and it may be, but so are most languages when one concerns oneself with definitions and tries to be accurate. It has been my lifelong comapnion, and i hope will continue to be as long as i can continue to pursue truth.

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