Introduction to the special theme: Maths for Everyday Life
by Jouko Väänänen and Ulrich Trottenberg
Mathematics saturates everyday life more and more. It is used not only in large applications running on huge computers to predict weather or to calculate parameters for an expensive industrial process or marketing strategy: it has now become ubiquitous in the more mundane aspects of our existence. A good example is the mobile phone. Mobile phone technology depends heavily on such fundamental areas of mathematics as analysis, algebra, and number theory.