In this post, cause I believe that limiting the curiosity (or at least waiting for the right time) is important, I want to share a good message to the students from Mary Boas.
To The Student
As you start each topic in this book, you will no doubt wonder and ask “Just why should I study this subject and what use does it have in applications?” There is a story about a young mathematics instructor who asked an older professor “What do you say when students ask about the practical applications of some mathematical topic?” The experienced professor said “I tell them!” This text tries to follow that advice. However, you must on your part be reasonable in your request. It is not possible in one book or course to cover both the mathematical methods and very many detailed applications of them. (more…)