Why study Maths?
More than just the "M" in STEM, mathematics underpins modern science and technology. From pixels on a screen through to global health and pandemics, maths is increasingly used to predict and guide the world around us. Our rockets were guided by maths when we first landed on the moon, and will be again as we return to the moon and venture beyond. Maths is not only revealing the dangers of climate change but is helping us to avoid catastrophic change. When cities around the world entered lockdowns due to COVID-19, we turned to mathematical models to find a way out. Whenever you hear of reputable models or predictions, this means maths.
It’s estimated that around 90% of the data in the world was generated in the last two years. We are now in the era of Big Data and there is an ever-growing need to analyse, interpret and forecast using maths. Mathematics equips you with the skills to not only understand data but adapt and respond to it. Modern STEM jobs need strong data skills - mathematics will help you develop them.
Maths is not chalkboards and tests. Maths is discussed in teams, debated, contested and shared. Maths leads us to truth but the path is full of conjecture, intuition and creativity. By studying maths, you are opening up a world of expression and beauty that can be studied with pencil and paper or the world's largest supercomputers.
Maths interacts with all other disciplines and you can combine an interest in maths with any field. Maths helps to protect endangered species and our environment, design new molecules and medicines, drive new physics and models of the universe, solve crimes and more.
Whatever your passion, whatever your career path, if you have a desire to learn, maths will enhance your abilities and understanding.