# Mathematics Often Discussed At Think Tanks Considered

*By Lance Winslow*

Most people don't quite understand how much mathematics has to do with making good decisions about our economy, civilization, military, education, energy, transportation, or even healthcare. Still, we must take into consideration the statistics, the data, and run the computational analytics to make sure we know where we are, and pit that against where we are going. If we don't, it's difficult to make rational decisions, and decisions made on intuition by humans with staunch political views can be problematic without the facts. Okay so let's talk shall we?

You may not realize this, but most of the RAND Corporations decisions for national defense during the Cold War had math embedded within every single component of their decision matrix. They didn't do anything without analyzing all the statistics, and ramifications of every single move. Of course, this is just one example of how think tanks use statistics and mathematics to come to a decision. Not long ago, I was talking to an individual about joining our think tank, she said that she was a very intelligent individual, as do all of our candidates male or female, but she didn't do much math, or even understand it.

Sure, that's possible, and there are many individuals out there who have a great spatial reasoning mind, but have never taken mathematics, science, or physics classes. They can envision an innovation invention, or creative product or service but they can't put pencil to paper or figure out the math. Still, without the math we can get from A to B, and often we can't even know where A or B is, and we are making false assumptions and building false logic upon that uneven or shaky foundation. No, it's impossible to quantify everything, but it is imperative to quantify that which you can.

This isn't the only place where mathematics are used when working at a think tank. Just about everything in our high-tech age requires mathematics. Not long ago our think tank was talking about coming up with an interior high-tech battery solution which would involve "fractal foam" which by the way, doesn't exist yet. Once we know the proper chemistry, nano-manufacturing methods, and the current provided at the proper frequency we can come up with the best practical technology. To get everyone up to speed on this at our think tank meeting I asked that they first read the book;

"The Fractalist" by Benoit Mandelbrot, published by Pantheon books, New York, NY, 321 pages.

No, the book isn't cheap at $30, but it is a must read for anyone considering any type of technology based on a fractal foam. Not only is it important to understand the concept, but it is also important to understand the basis for the mathematics behind it all. I then recommended that they go look at the "Wolfgram" Mathematica Website - then and only then would they have the basis for even participating in our discussion. You can't belong to a think tank, if you don't understand the math. Please consider all this and think on it.

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