General Science / Re: How would you explain or define calculus in a sentence or two?« on: 29/12/2022 15:37:41 »
Calculus is something quite simple and yet it has an inexplicable and unreasonable effectiveness. It can be taught to school children and they can use it to solve a very large set of problems.
In this case you could summarise calculus as the mathematics of things that change, but I doubt that the audience would be any the wiser.
The analysis of functions of variability.
Isaac Azimov's inspiration for his Foundation saga was primarily two things: the collapse of the Roman Empire (At least Edward Gibbon's take on it) and calculus. The protagonist on Foundation uses math to predict the future. Interesting.
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