A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas.
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
Why Study Maths?
It All Adds Up...
The Sixth Form mathematics society, the Jacobians, is open to all A level mathematics pupils. We meet every half term and discuss topics beyond the reaches of the syllabus. Recent talks have included ‘The Language of Mathematics’, a look at different number bases and their possible pros and cons for society; ‘The Art of the Infinite’, in which we discussed the concept of infinity and the notion of cardinality; and ‘Mathematics B.C. (before calculators)’, in which pupils gained hands-on experience with the slide rule.