Originally Posted by

**roninpro** (Considering the other posts, this is also a partial response to Deveno's post above as well.)

I guess I take an opposing viewpoint on this issue. Your statement is basically analogous to asking "Why learn how to paint?", and then answering "Because you can develop your fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination." I don't think that anybody would evaluate the craft of painting in that way. So in this light, I see the situation as the other way around. The primary purpose in developing mathematics is solve either real-world or theoretical problems. (More simply, it is useful and / or interesting! Though, to be fair, this doesn't seem obvious looking at the state of mathematical literature now.) It seems to me that developing one's thinking and analysis skills is the secondary benefit.