The primary use of mathematics in our society is not problem solving but description. Even when there is a problem to solve, more work will go into the description of the problem than the actual solution. By emphasizing the descriptive nature of mathematics we can create curriculum that is both more relevant and interesting for the students.
Descriptive mathematics is not only concerned with the skills of individuals, but with the overall use of mathematics and logic in society. People use mathematics to communicate their ideas and aspirations. That means that, for our society to thrive, we must improve overall mathematical literacy.
In this series of articles, I will explore descriptive mathematics, and its applications. I will also provide essays on ways people use different branches of mathematics to explore and communicate their ideas in such fields as accounting and computer programming.
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