Otten (2011)

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Cornered by the Real World: A Defense of Mathematics

Outline of Headings

  • Catalogue and Critique of Responses to "When Am I Ever Going to Use This?"
    • Citing a Real-World Situation
    • Citing a Profession
    • Citing the Mathematics That Underlies Useful Technology
    • Citing a Future Mathematics Class
    • Citing a Future Event in the Current Class
    • Other Responses
  • What is the Answer?
  • Conclusion


Otten, S. (2011). Cornered by the real world: A defense of mathematics. Mathematics Teacher, 105(1), 20–25.
author = {Otten, Samuel},
journal = {Mathematics Teacher},
number = {1},
pages = {20--25},
title = {{Cornered by the real world: A defense of mathematics}},
url = {\_2011MT\_reprint.pdf},
volume = {105},
year = {2011}