When I was in my teens, I developed an emotional appreciation of mathematics. When I see terms like 'prime numbers', 'Diophantine equations', 'polynomial complexity', 'discrete geometry'' I see beauty, purity, and clarity. There is no other field of science where the truth is so crystal clear. However, when I was young, I was surrounded by old school engineers who looked down at math as something too abstract and far removed from reality to be useful. I desperately wanted to show that this is horribly wrong.