THE MATHEMATICAL JOURNEY!

​THE MATHEMATICAL JOURNEY

 Math  did  not  inspire  too  much  excitement  for  me  as  a  school  student.  I  was  above  average  in  my class  work,  seldom  did  I  struggle  with  it,  and  even  liked  solving  mathematical  puzzles occasionally.  But  math  was  something  that  I  considered  as  a  dry  and  abstract  ‘subject’  with  no apparent  connection  to  real  life.  Though  there  were  few  who  were  passionate  about  math  at  that age  itself, most  shared my  aversion to it. This  aversion,  or  to  be  fair  to  myself,  nonchalance  to  its  beauty,  in  my  opinion  can  be  attributed  to having  a  really  constrained  and  myopic  view  of  the  subject.  My  journey,  or  most  student’s  journey for  that matter, of  exploring  this field  can  be  metaphorized by  exploration of  a  huge  and  beautiful mansion  in  the  dark.  You  enter  it.  It  is  dark  all  over.  You  grope  in  the  darkness  for  finding  where everything  is  situated.  Maybe  you  stumble  and  fall  once,  but  slowly  and  certainly  your  eyes  get accustomed to the  dark and  you  get a feel of the  place.  Finally,  you find the  switchboard and with the  glorious  light  flooding  in,  you  have  that  moment  of  enlightenment…and  are  mesmerized  by  the beauty  of  how  elegantly  and  symmetrically  everything  comes  together.  You  finally  see  the  big picture. Because  we  stumbled  through  the  hours  of  theory,  groped  around  as  we  learnt  how  to  solve differential  equations,  our  head  spinning  with  the  plentitude  of  symbols  and  variables,  can  we  now stand  stunned  in  the  dazzling  beauty  of  what  math  can  do.  If  one  says  that  math  has  applications in so  many  fields,  I  would correct him/her  by  saying  that all those  fields  are  but manifestations  of math  tied  to  a  particular  physical  quantity.  The  most  exciting  and  the  coolest  ideas  that  we  have today  exist  because  someone  worked  out  its  math.  For  making  sense  of  anything,  to  make  any  idea concrete  you need math. And  mathematics  is  huge.  Once  you  have  are  done  drinking  up  the  scene  of  one  room  of  the mansion,  you  can  embark  on  another  adventure  as  you  go  through  similar  stages  while  learning about  the  adjoining  room.  You  grow  into  it  and  just  can’t  stop  exploring  one  room  after  another. The  balance, the symmetry, the magic makes  you  fall  hopelessly  in love  with it! 

–  RUSHABH GANDHI

 3rd  Year,  B.E. (Hons) 

BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus 

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