Odd sort of debate this. They might as well be as academic as each other, but I prefer the sort of academic thought procedure and satisfaction factor with mathematics, I'm not sure I could find writing an essay about what a book means, analysing, questioning and what have you, as stimulating as I find Mathematics.
That said, English without the analysing and equivocation about 'meaning' and 'representation', both Literature and Language structure and progress, is something I can appreciate.
You talk to a random in the street, most the time they won't know who Euler is.
And its currently a case of English v. Maths being debated by a group of mathematicians - hmmmm ....
But we are debating in English, so it all evens out
and, once more, reasoned debate turns into mindless one up-manship on the TSR forums...It's sad because I was enjoying it at one point.
Kudos to Wanderer for at least being able to see both sides. To defend an argument is one thing generalebriety, to mindlessly slog on without pause of consideration of what others say, in what appears to be more an ego-trip than anything else is another. For instance, your arguments are quite flawed in places. Whilst you by your own admission assume one poster to have no knowledge of maths because they study philosophy and a language, would surely imply that you yourself by the same coin must know nothing about English, as you do not study it...and yet you feel able to lecture about Maths superiority...
Sadly, for all your talk of maths, logic seems to ebb away in your posts.
English is only needed up to GCSE (A-level at max) From then the primary use of english will have been accomplished. As for the maths you will need it up to Post-graduate level to accomplish a few of its uses(as probably only 5% of the uses of mathematics have been discovered) which are,
Engineering:aircrafts, vehicles, buildings
Medicine: used in the chemistry part of medicine.
Investment:Financial simulations are used to model the volatility of shares.
Economics: Econometrics is used to prove economic models.
Electronics: DVDs, Televisions, PCs
Just to name a few.