• Maths

    Mathematics is the study of quantity, structure, space, and change. Mathematicians seek out patterns, formulate new conjectures, and establish truth by rigorousdeduction from appropriately chosen axioms and definitions

    There is debate over whether mathematical objects such as numbers and points exist naturally or are human creations. The mathematician Benjamin Peirce called mathematics "the science that draws necessary conclusions".[Albert Einstein, on the other hand, stated that "as far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

    Through the use of abstraction and logicalreasoning, mathematics evolved from counting, calculation, measurement, and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects. Practical mathematics has been a human activity for as far back as written records exist. Rigorous arguments first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclid's Elements. Mathematics continued to develop, for example in China in 300 BC, in India in AD 100, and in the Muslim world in AD 800, until the Renaissance, when mathematical innovations interacting with new scientific discoveries led to a rapid increase in the rate of mathematical discovery that continues to the present day.

    Mathematics is about relationships, or put more "mathematically" , it is about structure. Even at its most basic level, relationships are the name of the game. First you learn to count, and the important relationship is "order". Then you learn to add and multiply; you start to pair off numbers to produce new numbers, according to what seem to be arbitrary and mysterious "laws". But you soon learn, much to your dismay, that although they might be mysterious, these laws are not arbitrary. If you don’t get them exactly right, the teacher puts a big red check next to your answer. And later, if you don’t get them right, you’re late and miss your friends or you don’t have enough money because you didn’t figure in the sales tax.

    And soon, these relationships aren’t between numbers anymore; they’re between letters that merely represent numbers or letters that represent points in a plane. And you must learn to combine the letters according to the laws which govern the relationships among whatever the letters represent. And this is just the beginning. Next you learn "algorithms", relationships between relationships. For example, if you want to know your average electric bill, first you need to add, then to count, and finally to divide.