# Month: March 2015

### Was Mathematics Discovered or Invented? (Alex Ho)

Mathematics is a concept that leans more towards being an

invention than a discovery. Mathematics is an invention based on a discovery. Humans

were the ones who invented the names and characteristics of math. Giving

equations and numerals names, like the basic 1, 2, 3, etc and 1 + 1. We give what

we have already seen in nature, a way for us as a whole to easily understand and

know what is going on, like a language. Golden ratios our everywhere within

nature, this was already there long before we discovered it but we invented the

name “golden ratio” for it.

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### Mathematics, a discovery or an invention? (by Hiya Ganju)

Is mathematics an invention or

discovery? I believe that mathematics is in reality, an invention based

discovery, meaning it is more of an invention. Mathematics is a tool used by

humans to record, describe and explain discoveries about nature. Mathematicians

have the resources and materials which have been discovered, but they invent the

theories and formulas themselves. You can’t look around, search or discover

maths because all the elements that make it up and everything that involves it,

already exists. Maths is a language which has been invented. The truth is that

we need to create and invent our own ways to prove why something is true

mathematically. In order to understand the environment, its artistic instincts

and to engage in absorbing intellectual activity from the human perspective,

the concepts, axioms and theorems established, have been created by

mathematicians. From Pythagoras’ Theorem, to Newton’s Universal Law of

Gravitation, to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, we can conclude that humans

have created the most intelligent and beautiful concepts in mathematics. Maths

cannot be found, searched for or discovered, it requires to be resolved using

an invented method in the form of a theorem, formula or simply a process.

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### Is the maths an Invention or Discovery? (Josh Luong)

Maths has been implemented into

everyday life and is used all the time however was it invented by humans or is

it natural and we happen to stumble across the phenomenon. I believe that

mathematics was invented and created by humans in a way where people can

understand the concept easier that was already here. Like language used to

describe an object where that object was already in our world but we need a way

to explain so humans created languages. In a similar way, mathematics was in

our world however there had to be a way to explain the concept and so we used

numbers, formulas and notation. As simple mathematics evolved from addition and

subtraction into more advanced maths we keep on inventing new way to describe

the discovery with our formulas and equation.

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### Is Mathematics Discovered or Invented? (Terrence Wong)

Is mathematics discovered or invented? The answer is primarily based on what you define ‘mathematics’ is. In one, maths can be described as being discovered, as numbers were always around. Form our recent studies in class of the golden ratio and golden spiral, it is evident that these have always been around in nature, we just needed to find them, not invent them. Hence one side of saying maths can be discovered.

But on the other hand, maths can also be invented. Based on a simple analogy of creating something from something already discovered. Are you really discovering something? Or inventing something new. From the computer analogy given in class by none other than Joshua Luong, a computer is made from raw materials already discovered. So did you discover the computer or actually invented the computer? We can take this into terms of maths. The formula for Pythagoras’ Theorem. We had built up to that from numbers, which were discovered, but the formula was invented as it was not previously noticed or made.

So in conclusion, the discovery and invention of mathematics can vary, depending on how you interpret ‘mathematics’ as a whole. I personally think that maths, and all of its components, is invented.

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### Discovered or Invented?

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Maths, although not certain, is most likely under the

category of discovery, as numbers were always there. There are a “number” of

things in the world, therefore this comes naturally. Despite this, it could be

invented as the Aboriginal people used only one, or many and had no number

system. In my opinion, I believe that maths was discovered and then inventions

were developed from the discoveries. Maths is its own language, as the natural

numbers are in nature and ever since then, humans have been inventing their own

formulas and mathematical theories. Therefore, maths was firstly discovered.

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### MATHEMATICS IN MUSIC AND ART

Maths

rotates you, nature, our solar system, and the sun. Maths is present in

everything the computer your reading this submission your keyboard even the red

pen you use to mark papers. It all rotates around you but is it hard to believe

that the sound waves you hear when listening to the latest Ariana Grande song

is maths.

In

today’s lesson we watched a TED video explaining the intervallic relationships

in music is all maths. Amazing me I wondered how this was discovered and proof

towards this as it was hard to believe. The video explained that the western

scale you play on the piano is actually made by the same person who created the

Pythagoras Theorem. The father of mathematics was also none to be the father of

music. In the video it explained how Pythagoras discovered the octave has a 2:1

ratio. It was this formula that many instruments grew out of including the

guitar and piano.

This

lesson brought full amazement to me having my mind to seek through many

different aspects of our world were maths is applicable. God’s beautiful

creation has resulted in maths.

#exploremaths

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