Here's a conversation which occurred in Elite Chat on 2006-02-02 which I thought was worth repeating.

Background: I have a degree in maths, but am currently doing lowly temporary data entry work while trying to find a "real" job.

Ngamer: oh, Sam, me and Neo were talking about you two days back

Ngamer: and I explained about your temp job

Ngamer: and then we were saying, degree in math from such a good school, sad that they have him doing that work now

SamSim: uhuh?

Ngamer: and then NEO said

Ngamer: "it's the Computer Age, dude. math isn't exactly in high demand"

Ngamer: and I thought that was a strong point

SamSim: Excuse me?

SamSim: You think a computer can do mathematics?

Ngamer: yeah, we do

SamSim: All a computer can do, and let me be VERY clear here, is ARITHMETIC

SamSim: adding up numbers

SamSim: that's *it*

Ngamer: it can multiply them!

SamSim: maybe draw graphs fast as well

SamSim: why do you think we invented them?

Ngamer: to do our math for us

SamSim: so we could get on with the stuff which wasn't banal, tedious and trivial

Ngamer: so you're saying math is strong as ever, because now it's a thinking man's game

SamSim: indeed.

Ngamer: PC have just taken out the mind numbing crunching

Ngamer: ok, that's a nice counter argument

Ngamer: I'll bring it up with Neo later today

SamSim: computers can't make leaps of logical deduction

SamSim: or, for that matter, program themselves

Come: Not yet, at least.

Ngamer: once they start, the world is theirs

SamSim: well, resurrect my cryogenically frozen head when they can

SamSim: in a THOUSAND YEARS

Afterthought:

BloodE: years ago they used to have like maths, arith and stats all seperate or something

BloodE: and then they crushed them together

SamSim: they're all aspects of the same mighty deity.