Mathematics and Its Power to Train the Mind
Rigge, William F., S.J.
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First Paragraph: The very important place that mathematics occupies in education is sufficiently evinced by the fact that it has always been judged to be an essential branch in the curriculum of every school of learning in the world. Mathematics is the science of number and quantity. It is by its very nature an abstract science, prescinding entirely from the elements of time and physical reality, and is therefore well adapted to train the intellectual faculty of the soul. Practical application to concrete examples may be an interesting presentation of the principles involved, but it is not the primary purpose of mathematics, and should not be made to obscure its original idea.