## Mathematics and me

If you had been to university and attended a 3rd year physics course, I guess you would have stumbled over these 4 neat equations. For those of you who do not know them, they are Maxwell's equations (with the help of some other geniuses like Faraday, Gauss and Ampere). They look so simple, and are too (if you know the mathematics behind them). That is what makes them so beautiful. In four simple equations, one can in principle describe the whole of electrodynamics.

If you ever went through school and university, spending the better part of 16 years behind books studying, and then - after years and years of lectures on electrostatics, magnetism and optics - one day, the lecturer stops after having derived these four equations, you could begin hoping to understand the impact this had on me.

The day Professor Moraal from PU for CHE derived Maxwell's equations in front of me, I was totally stunned. 16 years worth of information contained in 4 equations so simple anyone can understand them (mathematically, not necessarily scientifically). They describe the electrical and magnetical fields in free space, and in essence contains everything you need to know to calculate the behavior of an electromagnetic field in free space.

## Deductive reasoning defined

Deductive reasoning refers to the process where one derives a conclusion (C) starting with a known (or assumed) set of premises (P). An example may illustrate this better:

P: Assume all men will die someday
P: Assume bin Laden is a man
C: bin Laden will die someday

This deductive step was based on the logical principle that if A implies B, and A is true, then B is true.