*[Rescued from my old blog.]*

What teacher hasn’t heard a student complain, “When am I ever going to have to use this?” Didn’t most of us ask it ourselves, once upon a time? And unless we choose a math-intensive career like engineering, the truth is that after we leave school, most of us will never again use most of the math we learned. But if math beyond arithmetic isn’t all that useful, then what’s the point?

If you or your student is singing the *Higher Math Blues*, here are some quotations that may cheer you up — or at least give you the strength of vision to keep on slogging.

We study mathematics…