See also classifying mathematics.

For most people **math is neither a science** (seeking truth)
nor an art (seeking beauty),
it is a technology (seeking usefulness).
It makes things possible. That’s the case both
for people who don’t do anything more mathematical than balance their
checkbooks and for people who use mathematics heavily, like engineers.
Mathematicians are the last holdouts looking for truth and beauty in
mathematics.
Everybody else knows that math is false and ugly.
(Engineers sure do.)

updated 28 June 2000