Life Without Mathematics


mathsThe number 40, when written as ‘forty’, is the only number having letters in alphabetical order, while ‘one’ is the only number with letters in reverse order.

Mathematics, a simple 11-letter word, triggers extreme reactions and scowls from  most people irrespective of their ages. There are, however, quite a few who absolutely love it and enjoy working with it thoroughly. “ It just helps strike the right balance!” they say.

How? You may ask.

Let’s take a look at why Maths can actually help make sense of everything around us.

From the time when we first opened our eyes, we marked our lifelong and inseparable bond with maths. Whether one is a Math Whiz Kid or not, it is an integral part of our daily lives.

It all starts with counting, then come ‘x’ and ‘y’, and then Trigonometry, Calculus, etc. You may feel that maths is not your cup of tea, but you have to sip it anyway.

Math is needed at every step of life, and we cannot live without it. It is a subject that is applied to every field and profession. It tells us how things work, and also allows us to predict certain things, which is how we have progressed so much in life. It has made our lives easier and uncomplicated. Had it not been for math, we would still be figuring out each and everything in life, which in turn, would create chaos.

Still not convinced?

If there were no numbers, there wouldn’t exist any calendars or time. You won’t even know that it’s your own birthday or your best friend’s birthday since all the days in your life will be same. You wouldn’t know what year it is. How will you know that it’s time for your favorite show? How will you know what channel your favorite show is coming on?

Imagine that you go to a store and want to buy an Xbox or a PS4. But since we are living in a world without maths, how will you know how much it costs? You wouldn’t know how many apples or mangoes you bought from the store. If you want to buy some medicine, how will you know how strong it is, or in what quantity the ingredients are present in it?

If you want to bake your favorite cake, it will be very difficult to be able to measure the ingredients, since there are no numbers. How will you know how much is ½ teaspoon or ¾ tablespoon?

Moreover, there would be no calculators to calculate your share of the contribution for pizza that you ordered.

While decorating or repainting your house, you at once come to know how much paint would be required and how many tiles you need to get according to the size of a room. All of this is possible only because Mr. Algebra is there to help you out with the help of our beloved Mr. X.

Do you love sports? Well, if it wasn’t for numbers, how would you know the scores, or dimensions of the football field ? How would you have come to know how much distance you ran and how you need to cover, or how much time is left for the match to end? There would be no competitions and tournaments. Don’t you think it would get a bit boring?

Moreover, there wouldn’t be any advancements in technology. The cell phones and high-end gadgets that you use everyday wouldn’t exist, since the mechanism and working involves complex algorithms, which are possible because of mathematics. Imagine living in a world without computers, televisions, laptops, cell phones, and even electricity. We’re sure most of you couldn’t even imagine living without all these. Mathematics has such a wide and huge application in every sphere of life, that even persons having math-phobia use it in their daily lives in some or the other way.

Had it not been for mathematics, you wouldn’t be reading this article as well! Okay, jokes apart! So now you know that life without mathematics is actually impossible and unimaginable. You just need to get your basics right, and know how to play with numbers. Hope you have fallen in love with it by now! If you haven’t, then it’s about time we accept the fact that we are destined to live with mathematics for the rest of our lives. This is how much it loves everyone. So, the best way to make peace with it would be to accept it and love it back by understanding it better. After all, it was made to make our lives easier, not difficult.

Ankit Rana


  1. Nikita Singh says

    Life without Mathematics……..

    Mathematics is that subject which is used in every field and profession. Without Mathematics none of the field is complete. Even, it is used in our daily lives.The subject is applied to everything in this world. The basic building block of mathematics is numbers, which enables us to compare things with one another and without which calculations are not possible.

    We would miss even our own birthday without knowing Mathematics.

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