This is a bit of a more personal post on why I love Maths. Well, where do I begin! To some, it might be strange to have something so academic be my hobby, but to me there is something so captivating about it.
Firstly, the rigour needed in maths is astounding. Due to this, maths is an eternal language; proofs that were constructed hundreds of years ago are still alive today. Let’s take Pythagoras’ theorem. Discovered by Pythagoras around the 16th to 20th century before Christ (the date is unknown), it still is widely used and is a fundamental theorem in many branches of mathematics today, such as trigonometry. Comparing this to other disciplines such as English, it is rare that a literary piece will stand the test of time, and will still be popular centuries later (with the exception of a few), but due to the rigour of maths, once proven, a theorem is immortalised. Poincaré’s conjecture will always be true, now that Grigori Perelman proved it; it can never be disputed, and I find that amazing!
The language of maths is based on numbers and symbols making the communication with fellow mathematicians beautifully simple – it is universal. As a result, it is easier to come together in the mathematics community, no matter what country you come from. If we look at the example of Ramanujan: Born in India, he was a mathematical prodigy without ever having formal training. When his skills became apparent to the mathematical community in Europe, he moved to Cambridge to start a partnership with the English mathematician G. H. Hardy. This highlights the universality of mathematics and its ability to bring people together from different cultures in order to tackle problems.
Lastly, I must admit that when I am stuck on a difficult problem I often get frustrated. However, the sheer satisfaction I get when I solve the problem is unparalleled by any other feeling. I can only imagine what it must’ve been like for Andrew Wiles to finally complete his proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem after 7 years! It’s this satisfaction that grips me and that keeps me challenging myself more and more in maths.