Like most people, my knowledge of maths is limited to the skills I need to function in society. (I blame crappy high school teachers for that.) However, the diversity and implications of maths theory is truly fascinating if you're willing to give it a chance. This animated map breaks down the basics.

The video above was created by US physicist Dominic Walliman. It takes you through every major field of maths and explains how they all relate to one another. If you're keen to reignite your interest in mathematics, this video represents an effective and entertaining primer. You can then check out the sources he used at the links below.

**References/Further Reading:**

- Summary of mathematics
- Earliest human counting
- First use of zero
- First use of negative numbers
- Renaissance science
- History of complex numbers
- Proof that pi is irrational

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## Comments

What is the utility of mathematics

As in, what's the use of mathematics? Besides fundamentally being the language in which we understand the universe?

I'm glad you asked that.

The utility of mathematics is that it empowers people who understand mathematics to improve the situation of the human race, including stupid humans!

I'll let you know next time I have to check my bank account.

Mathematics will tell you WHY high interest loans are a bad idea, BEFORE you get in debt to a loan shark.

As a tool, you can use it to get a better tax return.

(I know that I'm responding to a year old question)

Everyone needs to learn maths because it is the foundation of logical thinking. Without logic, you can't win discussions and arguments.

I read an excellent answer as to what to say when kids ask "why do maths?" and this is the gist of that answer.

You want to be a sports person, say footballer (soccer or rugby whatever). You want to be good at it. You do drills for hours each day. But why do drills like weaving through cones on a field? It's not like you actually weave through cones during a match. You do drills because you develop core skills and fitness that will apply to many future situations, like during an actual match.

Similar with maths. You learn quadratic formula and trigonometry, not because you will actual use this, but because you will use the core skills you learn through it. Like how to form a supporting argument by saying if A, then it follows that B will happen which will mean C, or how to spot logical errors in someone's statement.

US Physicist? Sounds British to me...

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