# Some Basic thoughts from a Passerby

by ben
(St genis France)

Applications of math

While unit conversion is a great skill to acquire, for most people entering into science fairs metric conversions are probably not necessary. This article is most likely written for people in the USA, one of the few countries which do not use the metric system by and large.

As for the Math part of this article, well it's three sentences long, and incredibly sparse. Mathematics is a wonderful pursuit that can indeed give you insight into gambling, when you can think about the odds of a particular bet you can understand what amount of money you should bet for a given outcome.

Also when it comes time to understand how a computer works, having a solid logic understanding will help you in that field.

For me the most important thing math helps me with is cooking. It is sometimes necessary to double recipes, or halve them, or any other fraction to best use up ingredients. I wish you the best luck in your science and math pursuits.

Barry's Response - Thanks Ben. Math can also be used as an art form, as you can see above.

## Mathematics, the backbone of scientific discovery, is often a mysterious realm.

From the mysteries of playing games of chance to the inner workings of computers, math holds the key to the world's biggest mysteries. Playing your cards right isn't just a whimsical phrase, it's an intricate dance with probability. Every roll of the dice carries the weight of equations, as the mathematical landscape reveals the art of calculated risks.

Let's not forget the digital age, where understanding the binary heart of machines is alchemy. It's like the magician's cloak, revealing the secrets of codes and algorithms, revealing the logic gates that power the technology we use every day. Computer science is like finding your way through a labyrinth blindfolded if you don't have mathematical prowess.

Even in the mundane, math shows up - perhaps most unexpectedly. Cooking, which is more tactile than theoretical, is surprisingly linked to math. Put yourself in the throes of culinary creativity, a dash of logic, a sprinkle of fractions, doubling and halving recipes, optimizing ingredients.

Also, some people find it fun.

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 Rating Indeed! by: Anonymous Having just graduated college as a physics major I can tell you math is pretty much everything. I don't enjoy doing math per se, and completely understand why most people see it as a drudging subject in school, but I really think that is because in high school (which is most people's last real exposure to math) they present it as a set of dead rules and truisms. There are so many lively debates that are really interesting out there.From Barry - You can look at different approaches to quantum mechanics or different interpretations of gravity, for instance. You can also use math in real-world problems, and when you understand them, they're really fun.

That is what I do on a full-time basis.  Find out if it is necessary for your project.