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Re: (OT) Should math (or adv. math) be required in CIS degrees?by FoxtrotUniform (Prior) 
on Jul 25, 2002 at 20:04 UTC ( #185313=note: print w/ replies, xml )  Need Help?? 
Oh hell yeah. For one thing (and this is something that you and the other respondents have touched on), universitylevel math builds strong analytic skills. Writing proofs is very much like writing code, and effort spent learning one will pay off in the other. (In fact, I'd add formal logic to the list you mention  at the very least propositional and predicate calculi, with modal logic and metalogic as "recommended" subjects.) For another, math has an annoying habit of cropping up in the most unexpected places. Reachability checking for an even modestly complex web site will bring in graph theory (and woe to the programmer who doesn't consider it!), for example. Most varieties of simulation involve insane amounts of math. (And Every. Single. Programmer. should be familiar with De Morgan's Laws.)
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