Mathematics the solution to healthy living, says don
Mathematics the solution to healthy living, says don. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) professor of mathematics, Kamilu Rauf has said Nigerians can learn how to calculate a healthy lifestyle using mathematics.
Delivering the 202 inaugural lecture of UNILORIN titled “A brief tour into the world of inequations that rule our everyday lives”, the university teacher said people could make the right decision about the type of food to eat using mathematics.
“With proper understanding of mathematics, we can calculate how much food we require in our daily lives and how much calorie intake we expect to stay fit. Apart from that, when it comes to food choice, we can calculate which food will give us how much calories and fat.
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“The more mathematical we are in our approach, the more successful and promising we will be. Mathematics offers rationality to our thoughts. It is an instrument in our hands to make our lives simpler and easier,” he said.
Rauf also said Mathematics boosts reasoning, critical thinking among other useful skills.
“Certain qualities that are nurtured by mathematics are the power of reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving ability, and even effective communication skills.
“Let us recognize and appreciate the beauty of the subject and embrace it with all our hearts. It is a talent which should be compulsorily honed by all in every walk of life,” he said.
Rauf urged the governments at state and federal levels to vote no less than 42 percent of their annual budget to education.
He said that the late sage Obafemi Awolowo did that in the SouthWest as premier, adding that the result was still obvious.
Rauf equally prevailed on the Federal Government to stop looking for foreign solutions to Nigerian problems.
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