Does the study of math sharpen critical thinking skills?
September 25, 2007 12:07 PM Subscribe
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posted by jason's_planet to Education (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
The quote that inspires this question is
“If a man’s wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics.” – Francis Bacon
Is Bacon’s recommendation accurate? Does the study of math sharpen the critical thinking and reasoning skills? I ask because I’m kind of . . . intellectually lazy. I don’t think things through as much as I should. I kind of blurt out opinions based on gut feelings and personal prejudices. I want to get into the habit of thinking and am wondering if there are tools available that will sharpen the mind the way that free weights and kettlebells can sharpen the body. And if math might be one of those tools.
Many thanks in advance.