MATH/SCIENCE = MANUFACTURING
I’m sure it’s no secret to any of you who work in the process and manufacturing industries that science and mathematics are inexorably linked to what you and your organization do on a daily basis.
Of equal importance is the fact that the American economy is hinged, to a large extent, on the contributions science and math make to our industrial complex.
Manufacturing has the largest multiplier of all sectors of the economy. Every dollar in final sales in manufacturing products supports $1.37 in other sectors of the economy.
“Industrial innovation is increasingly based on the results and techniques of scientific research. That research, in turn, is both underpinned and driven by mathematics. . . . industrial innovation is increasingly based on the results and techniques of scientific research. This connection is especially strong in areas where innovation is contributing to the well-being of society, such as health, security, communications, and environmental stewardship. The search for new life-saving drugs, the development of high-performance materials, and the protection of sensitive ecosystems – all of these application-oriented activities, and many others, are strongly dependent on fundamental research, and that research is inextricably linked to mathematics. The remarkable development of the natural sciences and engineering since the Renaissance is a consequence of the fact that all nature’s known laws can be expressed as mathematical equations.” (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Global Science Forum Report on Mathematics in Industry)
Thinking of the homage we owe the scientists and mathematicians throughout our society, I was deeply moved by a poem The Washington Post published last week. It is the work of Jane Hirshfield, a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
It would be a mistake to read “politics” into this issue. We all should be on the same page.
Science and mathematics have given all of us the means to a better life — and, they have done so throughout history. We can thank them for the life style afforded us, the medical discoveries that contribute to our well being, and the opportunities to extend our knowledge.
More on Monday – – –
— Bill Walton, co-Founder, ITC Learning
April 19, 2017
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“THE WORLD RELIES ON THE HANDS OF ITS MEN AND WOMEN”