# G. Mark’s Answer

I've heard this question asked before often. The first reaction from most engineers seems to be "of course -- mathematics is a big part of engineering". That's true. But consider that some great writers aren't all that good at spelling, some famous artists have found ways to "cheat". Consider Michaelangelo who was a fantastic artist and yet devised a way of using giant stencils on the Sistine Chapel to save some effort in making the figures consistent in geometry. And an engineer that has access to a mathematics analysis program will generally be silly and certainly less efficient for not using it and doing the calculations by hand. Also, teams of engineers are becoming more and more interdisciplinary in that different members have different strengths. Just as a great mathematician might be a terrible engineer, but still help tremendously with engineers who use his work, a great engineer may not be all that great at math, but still be able to make use of principles generated by math. Einstein was said to have claimed that he was terrible at arithmetic. Obviously, problems end to be complicated and are getting moreso as time goes on, so it's unlikely that an engineer will be confronted with a problem where he or she would have all the necessary skills to solve it. And if he or she has an excellent skill in an area that's not math, it would be a shame to waste it. So, yeah, math is extremely important in engineering and is the basis of much of it. But food is extremely important to people who can't cook for $*#(*$.