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?

Postby scratch123 » Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:11 pm UTC

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.

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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?

Postby skullturf » Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:57 pm UTC

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?

Postby heyitsguay » Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:23 pm UTC

Oh, you again.

I'm gonna go with "literary criticism".

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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?

Postby Xanthir » Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:13 pm UTC

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!
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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?

Postby heyitsguay » Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:41 pm UTC

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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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?

Postby Timefly » Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:25 pm UTC

Baseball dates back to Euclid.

- 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?

Postby heyitsguay » Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:40 pm UTC

Baseball theory didn't get interesting until theorists abandoned the parallel postulate, though.

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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?

Postby notzeb » Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:03 am UTC

Some contenders:

- 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?

Postby MHD » Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:08 pm UTC

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?

Postby amit28it » Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:45 am UTC

The most underrated area of math is
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?

Postby Talith » Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:40 pm UTC

How is calculus under-rated? 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?

Postby Anaximander » Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:42 pm UTC

Hello. First post.

I'm probably not well-informed 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 problem-solving and data analyzing possibilities. Plus, now that computers are stupid-cheap and crazy-fast, the available number of histories of repeated random samplings that can be run makes me salivate.

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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?

Postby dissonant » Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:03 pm UTC

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!

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Re: What do you think the most underrated area of math is?

Postby Sagekilla » Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:39 am UTC

Riemann sums.

I mean seriously, depending on how you do it you can get such an underrated area (under the curve).
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