# Stephen Wolfram Q&A

Submit a questionSome collected questions and answers by Stephen Wolfram

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November 7, 2016

From: Interview by Dingyu Chen, *Eton Magazine*

## Will mathematicians need to learn classical mathematics (algebra, analysis, calculus) in the future if computers can do it for us?

Once one’s made something into a definite calculation, then, yes, one can just get a computer to do it. The challenge is in doing the mathematical thinking or computational thinking to get it to the point where it can be explained to a computer. And that’s the important thing for people to learn to do.

Mathematics is the single largest integrated intellectual structure our civilization has produced. It’s got a lot of good ideas and concepts in it. It’s worth learning it.