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 September 23rd, 2016, 12:44 AM #1 Newbie   Joined: Sep 2016 From: Nebraska Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 Equation Theory Question First off, you'll have to excuse my ignorance regarding mathematics. I'm a free thinker, not a scientist. I'm in the process of putting together a theory of mine regarding different ways of explaining the universe (science, religion, spirituality, etc.). My question is in all aspects of mathematics, is it possible to use a different yet valid method of coming to the same conclusion (answer?) Example being 2+2=4 but 3+1=4 as well. That kinda thing except in regards to more advanced mathematics. My thought is that's a silly question and the answer is yes, but I'd like to know from people who know what they're talking about in this field before I start using mathematics as a source for what I'm trying to support. Any help would be great. Feel free to be as detailed as possible. I like to be informed.
 September 23rd, 2016, 01:53 PM #2 Global Moderator   Joined: May 2007 Posts: 6,806 Thanks: 716 Yes. A good example is the Pythagorean theorem. It is almost like a game to prove it in as many different ways as possible. Pythagorean Theorem and its many proofs
 September 27th, 2016, 04:32 AM #3 Senior Member   Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 2,157 Thanks: 732 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions It seems your question is more like a philosophical one than a mathematical one, but yes, there often several methods for achieving the same outcome. Even multiplication has many methods of solution, but only one method should be taught to students first time around so you don't confuse the hell out of them!
 September 27th, 2016, 05:32 PM #4 Senior Member     Joined: Nov 2010 From: Indonesia Posts: 2,001 Thanks: 132 Math Focus: Trigonometry In fact, that is exactly why I love mathematics. If we meet a dead-end on finding the answer, we can try a different approach.
 September 27th, 2016, 09:20 PM #5 Newbie   Joined: Sep 2016 From: Nebraska Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 Thanks for the responses. And yes, Benit. I've heard an argument stating that mathematics can be used to explain everything in the universe, so I'm using that logic and applying it in a different approach, and to my knowledge (based on the answers I've received here), can be supported by the laws of mathematics itself. I have lots of time to think so stuff like this frequently enters my mind.

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