# Explaining what the point is in studying 'maths'.

I'm a second year student in mathematics at the University of Ghent, Belgium. The University has a total of 60000 students and only 150 studying maths, looking at these numbers, u instantly notice that it's a very low percentage. I've never really understood why so few people study maths, which is probably the most important science in the world. Does anyone have a proper explanation for this? Plus, when I tell people that I study maths, they always seem to ask me: 'What is the point in doing that, become a teacher when you're older?' although I don't want to become a teacher. How should I try to explain this without going on for 15 minutes?

• Isn't "I Love Maths" sufficient ? – Qwerty Dec 26 '16 at 9:15
• One possible way to respond to that last: "I love mathematics because of the same reason, basically, I love my wife and children: because ". Another possible response to that: change friends and/or people who ask you those things. Quick. – DonAntonio Dec 26 '16 at 9:18
• "If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is." - John von Neumann. This one is simply amazing. – user401305 Dec 26 '16 at 9:25
• Well, how else would you be able to determine that $150$ out of $60000$ is "a very low percentage"? – barak manos Dec 26 '16 at 9:44
• @barakmanos That response is simply awesome. – user401305 Dec 26 '16 at 10:35