Mathematics: Invented or Discovered?

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When Newton saw an apple drop from an apple tree he had an epiphany. That epiphany was the concept of gravity. Even though no one before Newton had ever thought of gravity, it had always existed and had always made apples drop from trees. Newton “discovered” and put a name to the concept of an object being pulled towards the earth; he did not “invent” gravity. Just as gravity wasn’t “invented”, math wasn’t “invented”. It Continue...


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Now that we analyze math and invent symbols and numbers to express it more efficiently, it is still the same math that the Neanderthal experienced, just in a different form. As long as there is nature and natural events, there is math. Math describes nature and the events in nature. He had a sense of math in that he had a sense of the amount (or quantity) of those deer. For example, a Neanderthal knew that the more deer he killed, the better. That Neanderthal could not realize that killing thirty deer would provide him with more food than killing twenty deer (at least in terms of numerical value). Although the Neanderthal did not have the knowledge of numbers, he still had a basic understanding of math when he established that more deer would be better than less deer. This sense of math was his ability to distinguish quantities. Math has been present long before man ever invented the first mathematical symbol. Rabbits reproduce "exponentially, energy is equal to mass multiplied by the speed of light squared, density equals mass divided by volume, etc. Math illustrates the relationship between matter in the universe. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliography. What he would realize is that more deer provide him with more food. Man has always had a sense of math.

PROFESSIONAL ESSAYS:

The Nature of Mathematics
4. Bullock (1994) argues that mathematics is essentially a language in its own from the fact that its objects of discourse are invented, not discovered. (1734 7 )

Early Greek Culture & Mathematics
there are no primary sources yet discovered that paint a theories of refraction were "invented" in order in the development of Greek mathematics was surrounded (2274 9 )

Higher mathematics
The mathematics supporting the description of these random a number theorist, for example, who discovered a problem space, an AT&T researcher "invented a way (2006 8 )

The Evolution of Mathematics
The first systems of numeration were invented by the quantity in general, a new mathematics was needed letting the change disappear was discovered (Struik, 1987 (4509 18 )

The Evolution of Mathematics
The first systems of numeration were invented by the quantity in general, a new mathematics was needed letting the change disappear was discovered (Struik, 1987 (4440 18 )

Galileo's Life
Galileo was appointed a mathematics professor at Contributions to Astronomy Galileo invented other mechanical He discovered three of the largest satellites of (928 4 )