Was math invented or discovered?

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  • We use numbers to calculate things into human terms... think of all the things we calculate but are probably guesses but because of science and math it’s a pretty good guess

    Invented

  • whatzgud

    We use numbers to calculate things into human terms... think of all the things we calculate but are probably guesses but because of science and math it’s a pretty good guess

    Invented

    Yeahhhhh!!!

  • EMY

    Discovered. it’s a concept, It’s not something humans created

    HUH

  • invented of course, anyone saying otherwise is dumb as a rock.

  • whatzgud

    HUH

    It’s something that has always existed, which means we discovered it rather than invented it, as it’s impossible to “invent” something that has always been there

  • EMY

    It’s something that has always existed, which means we discovered it rather than invented it, as it’s impossible to “invent” something that has always been there

    Evidence??

    Edit:
    It’s never “always” existed. It’s takes a certain amount brain power to comprehend addiction and such. Animals don’t add

  • GIO GIO

    Both

  • whatzgud
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    Evidence??

    Edit:
    It’s never “always” existed. It’s takes a certain amount brain power to comprehend addiction and such. Animals don’t add

    Um......I don’t know how you want me to respond to this lol. Math is a concept that has always existed, humans just discovered it and quantified it

  • The real question is, is there a difference between invention and discovery?

  • EMY

    Um......I don’t know how you want me to respond to this lol. Math is a concept that has always existed, humans just discovered it and quantified it

    Why is maths a concept that has always existed?

  • DIAMONDS

    Why is maths a concept that has always existed?

    Because 1+1 was always 2 before humans created numbers, you know what I mean? As in mathematical laws and rules were always true even before humans discovered them.

  • EMY
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    Because 1+1 was always 2 before humans created numbers, you know what I mean? As in mathematical laws and rules were always true even before humans discovered them.

    Bruh I dont know anymore

  • God invented it

  • DIAMONDS

    Bruh I dont know anymore

    idk why this is funny to me lol

  • EMY

    Because 1+1 was always 2 before humans created numbers, you know what I mean? As in mathematical laws and rules were always true even before humans discovered them.

    1 and 1 and 2 are completely abstract objects

  • nocomment

    1 and 1 and 2 are completely abstract objects

    ???????? I’m confused

  • AMERICANA

    math is a manmade concept that explains numerical relationships that occur in the natural world and equally manmade hypothetical world

    it was invented

    But is that hypothetical world really manmade? Connections get made to the real world from abstract math often

  • Jbreezyondeck

    I mean math controls everything lol. Math controls money. Math controls nature. It’s the only true fact of life fr

    you cant have two of anything you can only have one of each

  • Nightcrawler

    invented of course, anyone saying otherwise is dumb as a rock.

    What do you say about concepts in math that have emerged simultaneously from two different mathematicians then?

  • EMY

    ???????? I’m confused

    when you say 1+1 has always equaled two before we created numbers, what real object equates to 1? Because everything can be broken down or compounded

    If you limit your scope to our basic human perception of objects then sure you could say that theres one rock here and ten trees there but that's still a human's perspective on it

  • nocomment

    when you say 1+1 has always equaled two before we created numbers, what real object equates to 1? Because everything can be broken down or compounded

    If you limit your scope to our basic human perception of objects then sure you could say that theres one rock here and ten trees there but that's still a human's perspective on it

    I mean I guess I was referring to objects, for example 1 dinosaur with another dinosaur was always two dinosaurs, even if there weren’t any species around to make sense of anything. The concept of quantity wasn’t something that came into existence once humans started existing, we were just the first species to quantify math.

  • EMY

    Because 1+1 was always 2 before humans created numbers, you know what I mean? As in mathematical laws and rules were always true even before humans discovered them.

    isn't mathmatics just the word we give to humans studying and discussing these phenomena, I don't think we label the phenomena itslef "mathmatics". so it actually may both be invented and discovered

  • the concept of math was invented

  • EMY

    I mean I guess I was referring to objects, for example 1 dinosaur with another dinosaur was always two dinosaurs, even if there weren’t any species around to make sense of anything. The concept of quantity wasn’t something that came into existence once humans started existing, we were just the first species to quantify math.

    So quantity existed but mathematics was invented?

  • PADYBU

    isn't mathmatics just the word we give to humans studying and discussing these phenomena, I don't think we label the phenomena itslef "mathmatics". so it actually may both be invented and discovered

    I suppose it depends on if you view the word mathematics as the concept or the study, as you just said. Semantics I guess

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