Is mathematics discovered or invented?
If you have time, listen to the different points of view in these videos to decide what you actually think.
An Ed-Ted Lesson by Jeff Dekofsky ….. would mathematics exist if people didn’t? Did we create mathematical concepts to help us understand the world around us, or is math the native language of the universe itself? Jeff Dekofsky traces some famous arguments in this ancient and hotly debated question.
From PBS – Math is invisible. Unlike physics, chemistry, and biology we can’t see it, smell it, or even directly observe it in the universe. And so that has made a lot of really smart people ask, does it actually even EXIST?!?! Similar to the tree falling in the forest, there are people who believe that if no person existed to count, math wouldn’t be around . .at ALL!!!! But is this true? Do we live in a mathless universe? Or if math is a real entity that exists, are there formulas and mathematical concepts out there in the universe that are undiscovered? Or is it all fiction? Whew!! So many questions, so many theories… watch the episode and let us know what you think!
The GameOverGreggy Show Ep. 44 (Pt. 2) – is the language invented but the properties discovered?
Stephen Wolfram speaking about his views on this issue.
Another video that may interest you
You have looked at this before and were asked to post in your blog – see if this makes more sense now.
Judith Shorrocks March 24th 2015