I think that, in the field of web programming, one would be at quite the disadvantage not knowing math. I do a fair bit of work with SVG, and I often have to kludge a solution, go through google, or hope for the best when I am doing transformations and animations.
I feel like I am at a horrible disadvantage, not having been forced to take math in college (admittedly, I majored in English, not CS). But I do feel that everyone should have a strong grounding in mathematics, not just arithmetic. But that is for reasons that I shan't go into here.
Returning to the question at hand: Yes, I think it is important for geeks to have math skills. They help with GUI programming, graphics, algorithms and all that other fun stuff. However (there is always one of these) I feel it is up to the individual, ultimately, to make their choice to learn and use math. I'm re-learning, and it's alot harder than I remember it being.
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