Sometimes necessary, I know… and some people even enjoy the process (hello stoner)… but I hate it. Frankly, I’d rather convey information via the medium of modern dance than use a spreadsheet – anything to escape the tyranny of rows, columns and output.
*grinds teeth in arts graduate box-plot related frustration.
Read “Why Beauty is Truth” – A history of symmetry – Ian Stewart (he also wrote “Does God Play Dice”)
Or the music of the primes by Marcus du sautoy (I think hes just taken a maths chair at Oxford or something).
What you are confusing with numbers though is the mindless collection and assimilation of medicore and meaningless data. Let me guess, is it all hardcoded? is there any mathematical manipulation? I bet if its in excel, it was put there by some idiot manager who shouldnt be allowed to use it and should have to do all his pretty tables in Word! 🙂
If its any consolation Ive spent much of today (in fact the last week) fighting my client’s quests for precision in a sea of inaccuracy.