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It can be noted that the discipline of math has played important role in people’s lives and it has provided various useful methods to be more knowledgeable in life. Initially, even prior to the modern age and the communication of knowledge in the world arena, the written forms of new mathematical develops can only be accessed by several locales. It is known that the most ancient mathematical texts that can be accessed to is Plimpton 322, the Rhind Mathematical papyrus as well as the Moscow mathematical papyrus. The totality of these are considered the Pythagorean theorem and they are seen as the most ancient and popular mathematical development since the arithmetic and geometry (Struik, 1987). It is the purpose of this paper to inform the readers of the origin and development of mathematics, the writing and communication practice of this specific field so that valuable information can be provided to people who intend to pursue a career in this field.

To begin with, the research of mathematics as a discipline has been initiated from 6th century BC with the Pythagoreans and it is from the Greek word that the term of mathematics appeared. It should be seen that mathematics is the science of numbers and there are various other sub-branches in mathematical science such as algebra, geometry as well as calculus etc. In general, mathematics is considered the science of numbers and their operations, interconnection, integration, generalization, space configurations as well as the measurement, transformation etc. It is known that mathematics does not belong to invention as discoveries and laws of science are not thought to be inventions. The inventions are usually physical things and procedures. Nevertheless, there is relationship between mathematics and inventions, moreover, the mathematical tools are thought to be inventions. Since it is observed that as a discipline, mathematics did not appear before the classical Greeks of the time phase from 600 to 300 BC. However, the starting point of mathematics has existed before the civilization (Maurice, 2006). It is noted that when civilization starts there is the requirement to make trading therefore the counting in mathematics appeared. When human trades various goods a method of counting is needed to count the goods traded and calculate the expenses of the goods. The first counting tool is the figures on human hand, and once the number exceeds the ten fingers it will use natural material such as rocks etc.

There is no doubt that mathematics has been one of the greatest achievement of human beings since it allows people to fully engage in the society through logical reasoning concerning complicated issues. Therefore, the initial purpose of learning mathematics is to engage all the participants in rigorous disciplinary activity through which they can gain knowledge and the concepts through writing, reading and rigorous reasoning about major issues and problems in mathematics. It should be mentioned...

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