What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
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What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
I think it is combitorial game theory. The games in combitorial game theory are much more interesting than the ones is game theory yet game theory is more popular. This is probably because it has more real world applications. In fact I don't even know any real world applications to combitorial game theory unless you count playing a board game well counts as a real world application.
Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
I say this not to be a dick, but to help you avoid possible embarrassment in the future: the word is "combinatorial", not "combitorial".
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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
Oh, you again.
I'm gonna go with "literary criticism".
I'm gonna go with "literary criticism".
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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
You kidding? Litcrit people get all the chicks.
The answer is clearly baseball. You would not *believe* how hard it is to get a math professor to even admit that it's an area of math!
The answer is clearly baseball. You would not *believe* how hard it is to get a math professor to even admit that it's an area of math!
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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
Eh, in my experience, they just need to see the applications. Hit a prof a few times with a bat and they start agreeing with you.
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Baseball dates back to Euclid.
 A bat can be swung between any two points.
 A bat can be swung between any two points.
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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
Baseball theory didn't get interesting until theorists abandoned the parallel postulate, though.
Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
Some contenders:
 The Umbral Calculus
 Tauberian Theorems
 Arakelov Theory
 Fewnomial Theory
 Functional Equations
 Tropical Geometry
 Sieve Theory
 Sturmian Words
 Dessins d'enfants
 Bubbles
 The Umbral Calculus
 Tauberian Theorems
 Arakelov Theory
 Fewnomial Theory
 Functional Equations
 Tropical Geometry
 Sieve Theory
 Sturmian Words
 Dessins d'enfants
 Bubbles
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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
notzeb wrote:Some contenders:
 The Umbral Calculus
 Tauberian Theorems
 Arakelov Theory
 Fewnomial Theory
 Functional Equations
 Tropical Geometry
 Sieve Theory
 Sturmian Words
 Dessins d'enfants
 Bubbles
All of these are insanely cool.
I especially like Functional Equations, they might revolutionize Functional Programming the same way Monads did.
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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
The most underrated area of math is
Diffrential equation , Integral calculus ................It's applications are used everywhere .
Diffrential equation , Integral calculus ................It's applications are used everywhere .
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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
How is calculus underrated? Possibly the only other more appreciated area of mathematics when it comes to applications is statistics.

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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
Hello. First post.
I'm probably not wellinformed enough to make a claim on whether or not it's underrated, but I'm going to nominate Monte Carlo methods.
I had never heard much about Monte Carlo methods until I started using them. And then, when I started looking into the applications, I was amazed at the problemsolving and data analyzing possibilities. Plus, now that computers are stupidcheap and crazyfast, the available number of histories of repeated random samplings that can be run makes me salivate.
I'm probably not wellinformed enough to make a claim on whether or not it's underrated, but I'm going to nominate Monte Carlo methods.
I had never heard much about Monte Carlo methods until I started using them. And then, when I started looking into the applications, I was amazed at the problemsolving and data analyzing possibilities. Plus, now that computers are stupidcheap and crazyfast, the available number of histories of repeated random samplings that can be run makes me salivate.
Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
Game theory is certainly a respected area of mathematical research, and has its share of Fields medals and Nobel Prizes...
My vote is for determinantal calculus!
My vote is for determinantal calculus!
Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?
Riemann sums.
I mean seriously, depending on how you do it you can get such an underrated area (under the curve).
I mean seriously, depending on how you do it you can get such an underrated area (under the curve).
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