Remember those geeks that used to carry around their TI-84 calculators and be so eager to show you how they programmed a simple video game or the logarithm that explains how the entire universe works? Well, it may just be time to dust off some of those old memories and recall how they showed you how to turn that beast on. Why is that you ask? Because it is time for you to go back to school and get an online math degree!

AHH! MATH! I HATE MATH! No, you really don’t. Hate is typically just a form of misunderstanding. You misunderstand all the beauty in mathematics and that is the only reason you are saying that. Just think about it; those who created your favorite milkshake use mathematics to mass produce that strawberry or chocolate goodness. The Eiffel Tower, ya know that amazing landmark in Paris that stands tall above most of the romantic scenes in your dreams, was not created by someone who hated math. Neither was Hoover Dam, the Louvre nor the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon was not man-made you say? Well, you would be right on that one. I was just seeing if I lost you once I questioned your hatred of math.

Now that I know you are listening I want to share with you a couple other reasons why dusting off that old brick of a calculator and getting your online math degree may be more exciting than you think.

Have you ever gazed at the stars in utter amazement of the grand scale of which we seem to be a part of? Have you ever wondered how our understanding of the universe came to be? Well, if it was not for the work of some amazing mathematicians we may still be

The supposed coiner of the phrase “mathematics” was no other than our dear old friend Pythagoras. I am sure you have come across his name before. Yup, that is right, he is the one from which we get the Pythagorean Theorem. He and other early mathematicians gave us an understanding of our world that has led to many great inventions and understandings. The early great math whizzes such as Aristotle, Hippocrates, Archimedes – all names you have probably heard – were the backs upon which the likes of Galileo, Copernicus and Johannes Kepler stood to develop a more advanced telescopes and postulate the earth was not the center of the universe.

In the twentieth century we can look to the examples of Edison and Nikola Tesla, rivals, but geniuses in their own rights. These modern inventors used math to give us light bulbs and harness the power of electricity. Upon the backs of all these giants we now have modern robotics that makes so many products we enjoy and take for granted. Just about the entire industry of personal computers uses mathematics to bring us things our favorite music and movies. Google, the search engine you probably used to find your way here relies heavily on math in their search algorithms.

Every computer chip placed, every artificial heart implanted and Barbie doll or GIJOE guy you ever got for Christmas came in part because of the understanding of math. So, next time you are sitting around the dinner table with old friends about to laugh at the pocket protector nerd who showed you his, remember all the great pleasures you now enjoy because of some geek like, pull out your TI-84 and start the wheels a turning towards getting your online math degree.

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