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Mathematics was always there. We just invented ways to better understand maths.
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Math has always been around. "Math" is just the name we gave it when we discovered it. Even if we never evolved and became conscience about it, putting an apple and another apple in a basket will always be two apples. The formulas we use to explain things are what we invented.
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Posted 5/11/16 , edited 5/11/16
Mathematics is a part of reality itself. It is very much there and in a sense has been 'discovered'. However, humans have created mathematical languages...as for different types of mathematics, those too were discovered. Before there were humans, all the mathematics we know of could be applied to reality. There were just no people to apply it to it. With people and higher thinking, we can think of many things in reality in terms of mathematics and we have created ways to conceptualize and understand reality in mathematical ways.
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How we interpret the thing is what we made up, what we are interpreting was already there. There would be no reason for the existence of an interpretational tool, for something that didn't exist to be interpreted. Essentially it's a yes and no, rather than a yes or no.
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Both, we're still discovering it too and more than likely still have a long way to go.
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It was inflicted upon us.
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discovered by humans, invented by aliens
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I guess its more of a history question than science. Of course it raises the difficult question: how did the Mesoamericans develop that skill? The question simply repeats for all ancestors before that.
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lazylii wrote:

Mathematics was always there. We just invented ways to better understand maths.


I agree 100% with this.

There are so many more math formulas that could be created it's ridiculous but interesting at the same time.
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I would say that what we call math was invented to describe real patterns and truths which were, prior to and later by way of math, discovered.
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I'm quite astounded how many actually think that math was discovered. Perhaps better said amused. Math, heck, even 'our reality' are based on axioms. Axioms are self evident truths humans postulated. Axioms cannot be proven true, only validated and invalidated. They are, by all means, assumptions. The Brain in a Vat is one means of questioning the authenticity of reality.



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It depends, one cannot just put all math together in one and except and answer. Tautological concepts like 1+1=2 for example were most definitely invented to help humans rationalize, think, create and even evolve. Take other more complex areas of math, and you'd find that few are actually nothing but discovered systems in the nature that we tested and applied to other forms of nature.

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I'd say something more along the lines of like: When was math defined? Meaning when was math actually acknowledged and explored deeper...and eventually meet me in the space and time continuum and give me grief.
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Posted 5/11/16
I'd say invented. Think about an alien race and an isolated civilization coming across the same problems in science and using a different math system, notation, method, number-base system and still obtaining the same results.
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lazylii wrote:

Mathematics was always there. We just invented ways to better understand maths.


Agreed ^
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