Before the management and other principal officers of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), as well as members of academia, the memories of the doyen of Education and former Educatioon Minister, the late Prof. Babs Fafunwa, were re-echoed last week, where key stakeholders in the education sector reinforced the importance and need for Mathematics in national development.
It was at the 116th edition of the inaugural lecture of the university, which was delivered by Prof. Moses Oludotun Oyesanya, who challenged Mathematicians on the need for knowledge creation, human capital resources dissemination and community service.
While alluding to the assertion of the late Professor of Education that: “You don’t know anything, if you cannot express what know mathematically,” the inaugural lecturer described Mathematics, as the most language that is highly widespread cutting across borders and influencing greater number than any religion or culture can do.
Oyesanya, a Professor of Mathematics in his inaugural lecture, entitled: “Bifurcation, Damage, and Stability: From Structure to Human,” which was delivered at the Princess Alexandra Hall, Nsukka Campus of the institution, traced the genesis of his research work to his PhD Thesis in1986, which was published in the Journal of Nigerian Mathematical Society in Applied Mechanics that had since this spurred him to do more.
While explaining the importance role Mathematicians played in the society, Oyesanya discarded the wrong notion of the public that graduates of Mathematics are only meant to teach.
Teaching the first segment of the lecture which dwelled on Bifurcation, he said, was introduced by Henri Poincare in 1885, the idea, he pointed out had been in used for the qualitative changes that occur in the orbit structure of a dynamical system as the parameters that they depend on varied since then.