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Do the math and we are moving forward


Math can be a powerful tool in helping solve the most pressing problems of the day. It has significance in society with math being a part of a child’s curriculum throughout their school years. It’s this perfection of math that brings us to an obvious, but maybe overlooked use – – – applying math to all of life’s challenges, problems and concerns.

Mathematics is perfect accuracy. A correctly answered equation is always true.

There’s no questioning the result. Numbers don’t lie.


What if you applied mathematics to solving today’s problems, and the future’s challenges? With the right numbers, we’re talking about a new level of advancement.

So, “take a calculator and cosine, grab a Pythagorean Theorem and an isosceles triangle, don’t forget some regression analysis, and those good ole’ X and Y coordinates,” and we’ll get started.

Let’s begin by seeing how mathematics, when applied to today’s concerns and challenges, can take us into the future . . . making what’s a hindrance today, progress tomorrow.

With mathematics, successful gains could be achieved in problem areas that have yet to be solved.

One by one, let’s look at some of our challenges, and see how numbers could help:


> Look at the number of people suffering from malnutrition to the fruit and vegetables they need daily, and how much you should plant for them.


Do the math and we are moving forward.

 > What if you took the number of counties, oblasts, districts, republics, states, provinces, countries in this world and cross-referenced it against their impoverished populations to come up with the necessary amount of public services required to meet their daily food, shelter, and hygiene needs for a high quality of life?

Do the math and we are moving forward.


> What if you applied mathematics to the number of cancer cells being combatted by the number of cancer-fighting equivalents to come up with a potency for completely defeating it?

Do the math and we are moving forward.

The Future:

> What if you determined how much living space the average human needs to function comfortably, per day-to-day living, and then, designed the next age of housing for this planet, and for off-earth accommodations … i.e. people who some day may live on another planet (e.g. Moon, Mars)?

Do the math and we are moving forward.

 > What if you analyzed all the road systems in the world, and determined we can get people from points A to B using the existing system through a new means of transportation which is cleaner, quieter, quicker and safer, and then, implemented it?

Do the math and we are moving forward.

> What if you took the number miles to our nearest planets and set a realistic roundtrip travel goal? Then, began designing propulsion systems specific to these goals.

Do the math and we are moving forward.

Child protection and welfare:

> What if you determined how many children are homeless, and in distress, and built, not just housing, but homes guaranteeing them a rescue destination where they would be protected and reared under safe parenting, and proper supervision?

And, you set up a global 1-800 number that would set in motion a rescue of that child who calls.

Do the math and we are moving forward.

Elderly care:

> What if you determined the number of elderly in assisted-living and nursing homes around the world, and, matched it against nonprofit groups and the like for services to be delivered bringing their lives to the forefront of people’s minds for expanded, ongoing support?

And, developed these services in cooperation with their loved ones, bringing families together, and regaining the enjoyment of earlier times during these latter days.

Do the math and we are moving forward.

What if we committed our time and energy as much to incorporating math into solving the world’s problems, as we have in to identify what those problems are?

The application of algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus has been done for years by students. How about taking the advanced, and most advanced forms of this math, and truly making it part of the teams that are working to solve today’s most pressing problems?

Make it a part of all the blue-ribbon task forces, committees, research teams and focus groups so ‘no stone is left unturned’ in bringing forth the correct answers to the world’s problems.

Let’s make sure the works of past great mathematicians continue to bear the good fruit of inspiration by how we use math personally, and for the betterment of mankind.

Numbers don’t lie, so please do work math into your daily routine because one plus one will always equal two.

Eric Anderson