Relation and Uses of Mathematics in Other Subjects

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Maths and other subjects relation

Mathematics and its importance

Mathematics is a fundamental part of human thought and logic, and integral to attempts at understanding the world and ourselves. Mathematics provides an effective way of building mental discipline and encourages logical reasoning and mental rigor. In addition, mathematical knowledge plays a crucial role in understanding the contents of other school subjects such as science, social studies, and even music and art.

Firstly, we ask the question: why does mathematics hold such an important and unique place among other subjects? That is, what is the significance of mathematics in the overall school curriculum? As a point of departure we offer a few thoughts on why mathematics
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The Role of Mathematics in Physics

It took a long time in the history of humankind before it occurred to anyone that mathematics is useful - even vital - in the understanding of nature. Western thought was dominated from antiquity to the Renaissance, turn by turn, by Plato and Aristotle. Plato taught that reality consists of idealized "forms", and our world was a flawed, inadequate shadow of reality - hardly worthy of passing notice, let alone study. Aristotle thought that the intricacies of nature could never be described by the abstract simplicity of mathematics.1Galileo recognized and used the power of mathematics in his study of nature, and with his discovery modern science was born.