January 25th, 2013, 12:57 AM  #21 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,155 Thanks: 463 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: Was mathematics discovered or invented?
Have you ever had someone, upon hearing that you enjoy or are "good at" math, say, "Oh yeah? Then what's <insert huge number here> times <insert another huge number here>?" And then look expectantly at you to be some kind of savant? I find this naivety amusing. 
January 25th, 2013, 02:09 AM  #22 
Math Team Joined: Apr 2010 Posts: 2,778 Thanks: 361  Re: Was mathematics discovered or invented?
And like math is just about muliplying large numbers :P

January 28th, 2013, 04:38 AM  #23 
Senior Member Joined: Mar 2012 Posts: 294 Thanks: 88  Re: Was mathematics discovered or invented?
well, if only someone would give me ackermann's third number of dollars....or maybe tree(3).

January 28th, 2013, 04:47 AM  #24  
Math Team Joined: Mar 2012 From: India, West Bengal Posts: 3,871 Thanks: 86 Math Focus: Number Theory  Re: Was mathematics discovered or invented? Quote:
Well IMO, math is about numbers but no just numbers. It's about numbers, generalization of numbers, generalization of those generalized numbers and so on. but math is also about metamath, metametamath, etc. Base of mathematics is numbers but there are still something beyond numbers, something which controls number; i.e. if we can know all the zeros of zeta then we will be able to know the positions of all the primes.(just an example)  
January 28th, 2013, 07:43 AM  #25  
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February 17th, 2013, 06:13 PM  #26 
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I would like to say numbers were invented for the ease of communication by early human beings. But geometry might have been discovered,because it was all around them and somebody took it seriously and developed geometry.But I don't know how it got connected to math for math was considered all about numbers.Maybe when they found application of numbers in geometry. I can also think that algebra was also invented out of numbers. 
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I think math was invented, but not by humans, rather by God.  

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