Mathematics is an essential tool of science. It teaches structured, logical thinking. Mathematics makes it possible to formulate abstract and practical problems, simplify, and solve them. Its importance grows with society‘s increasing technization – no modern technology would be possible without mathematical achievements.
Mathematics as a minor subject provides insights into the discipline’s most important fields and methods.
The most important qualities are enjoyment in working with mathematics, delight in thinking and accuracy, and possessing a faculty for abstraction as well as wanting to get to the bottom of things. Study of mathematics also requires being prepared for much hard work, discipline and a having a high frustration threshold. The lecture material must be reworked consistently and thoroughly and practice problems must be solved for deeper understanding. Part of this also is applying the methods learned to developing your own solutions and proofs.