Mathematics is the study of number, shape, data, patterns. The word comes from the Greek word ‘máthēma’, meaning ‘study’ or ‘that which is learnt’. It has its roots from early civilisations when people needed methods to solve practical problems in areas such as surveying, mechanical construction and commerce. Since then, mathematics has always been fundamentally important in science, construction, engineering and technology, but in recent decades there has been an explosive growth in the use of mathematics in newer aspects such as search engine optimisation, compression of image and video sizes, modelling climate change, designing robots, controlling space probes space probes and managing financial risk.
Graduates of mathematics have an extremely wide choice of careers available to them because employers greatly value the skills of logical thinking, familiarity with numerical and symbolic thinking, and the analytic approach to problem solving.