Recently a student, “James”, asked if it was possible to him to work in the computer field, even if he doesn’t like math and says he is not good at it.
The short answer: yes. The longer answer? Yes and no.
There is a huge opportunity for development of all kinds of software and hardware that doesn’t require mathematics, per se. Fields like software/app design and UX (user experience) quality assurance require understanding of the language involved and how the software interacts with the overall hardware, but not deep mathematics.
So James can certainly make a good career working with computers without knowing his epsilons and deltas.
But will math be useful?
Some areas – like some of the formulas we memorize in calculus class – will not be useful. But others, like discrete mathematics – will prove very useful to James: they will teach him concrete concepts he can … Read More