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June 18th, 2015, 08:45 AM   #41
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I am sure it was discovered. There is nothing to invent in maths. It is all around you. From the shapes that you see everyday to the money that you earn at the end of the day.
That's a very limited view of mathematics. There are very many different kinds of mathematics. We invent the mathematics when we create the axiom system. We then discover the theorems that are true in that axiom system.
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June 18th, 2015, 09:55 AM   #42
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To me, the mathematics is in inventing the techniques that are used to write proofs of the theorems.

Whether the proofs are invented or discovered, I'm not so sure. Today I feel "discovered" is better, but that may be different tomorrow.
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