The Origin And Development Of Mathematics

1063 words - 4 pages

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...

Find Another Essay On The origin and development of Mathematics

Philosophical Naturalism and the Origin of Life

693 words - 3 pages Upon considering the origin of man, a purely naturalistic philosophy that refuses to acknowledge a supernatural and transcendental cause is unable to provide a full account of anthropogenesis. One could examine this inability from two perspectives: in answering the question as to how life or “being” came into existence, and in answering the question as to why life or “being” came into existence and continues. Both of these questions give rise

The Origin and Structure of our Universe

3913 words - 16 pages same laws. I suppose that our Universe consists of hierarchically relative systems as follows: The first system: the Origin - the central gravitating body of our Universe, and its born nuclei of super-galaxies (the Origin is not considered in the present work). The second system: nuclei of super-galaxies and their born nuclei of galaxies. The third system: nuclei of galaxies and their born stars. The fourth system: stars and their born

The History and Origin of Potatoes

826 words - 4 pages Potatoes have a popular use in fast food, like French fries, tater tots, hash browns etc. Potatoes can be found in any supermarket, and in many different parts of the world. The Potatoes was actually the name of a short-lived anti-bullying club at Lincoln. What a lot of people don’t know is where they are from, how they grow, and what they are. Potatoes grow in full sunlight, and need it to survive. They are aggressively rooting plants, which

The Origin and Evolution of Twerking

2238 words - 9 pages dance, specifically the Mapouka dance from West Africa, as the likely origin of twerking (Philpott and Powell). Although the precise timeline seems unclear, it appears to have originated at least as early as the 1980s. According to Doumbia, “[t]he Mapouka originated in a small village in the southeastern region of the Ivory Coast called Shizi and appeared in cities in the 1980s” (44). Mapouka dancing involves, “the surprisingly difficult act of

Origin and Evolution of the AIDS Virus

1328 words - 5 pages and the origin of AIDS”, Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society, Paul M. Sharp and Beatrice H. Hahn, 2010 “The Challenge of Finding a Cure for HIV Infection”, Science Magazine, Douglas D. Richman, David M. Margolis, Martin Delaney, Warner C. Greene, Daria Hazuda, Roger J. Pomerantz, 2009

The Origin of Life: Creationists and Evolutionists

1192 words - 5 pages life exists. Scientists acknowledge that life began when chemistry begat biology. This means that simple molecules are assembled into complex molecules and began to self-replicate. In 1970, researchers from Oregon University discovered the whole ecosystem unexpectedly thrives around hot vent on the seafloor of the Pacific. These vents could have provided the basic molecular organisms and energy necessary to spark life. Moreover, other scientists

PCUN Objectives and Origin of the movement

1134 words - 5 pages Farmworkers are fundamental to your country. They are the ones who allow that are food reach our tables across America. Oregon is a state of farmworkers each year millions of migrants migrant year round to Oregon for the picking and planting of crops. Like for example the crops of strawberries and mushrooms among others. PCUN is an organization in Oregon which strives to empower farmworkers to understand and take action against systematic

The Nature of Mathematics

1403 words - 6 pages development of powerful electronic computers are able to use technology to open up new fields of investigation. · Mathematics and technology also have a quite a strong bond between them. As we can see the invention of computer included a lot of mathematics, as it is needed for computer programming. It also has use in mobile phones and other electronical devices. Lastly, using mathematics to express ideas or to solve

The Mathematics of War

1776 words - 7 pages A Mathematics for WarAmong all the chaos and uncertainty inherent in war is a mathematical beauty. The size and frequency of insurgent attacks in any country during any time period is found to obey a certain inverse power-law distribution, following a specific mathematical model. A case of immediate interest is the insurgent attacks in Iraq, which also follows, to a great deal of accuracy, the inverse power law. However, such a law tells us

The Mathematics of Magic

806 words - 4 pages For the purposes of the exploration, volunteers will be labeled, Spectator A, Spectator B, Spectator C, and Spectator D. Throughout this exploration, the coins used will be in CAD. The magician brings $1.96 to a table, consisting of six pennies, six nickels, six dimes, and four quarters. Spectator A is asked to pick up one coin. Spectator B is asked to pick up a different valued coin. This process is repeated for Spectator C and Spectator D

Cosmology and Cosmogony in the Ancient Greek World: Discuss the origin and development of Greek cosmology and cosmogony from the 8th to the 5th Century BC

3744 words - 15 pages theogonical cosmology. However, of the poem itself little survives; the papyrus preserves part of a commentary on the poem written around the 2nd century AD, which proves the poem was evidently quite puzzling and demanded various attempts at interpretation (Cf. Alch. fr. 3, col. ii, 1-3 "For when matter began to be arranged there came into being a kind of way [or passage, gr. poros], as it were a beginning [or origin, Gr. arche]"). Despite this

Similar Essays

The Origin, Development And Significance Of Human Rights

9689 words - 39 pages welfare movements that have taken place since. In large part, it is a response to the abuses of capitalist development and its underlying and essentially uncritical conception of individual liberty, which tolerated, and even legitimized, the exploitation of working classes and colonial peoples. Historically, it is a counterpoint to the first generation of civil and political rights, conceiving of human rights more in positive terms ("rights to

The Influence Of British Social Changes On The Origin And Development Of English

1383 words - 6 pages Abstract: Social changes are one of the main factors of the origin and development of a language. This author mainlyanalyzes the influence of British social changes on the origin and development of English from three periods in the histo-ry of English language.Keywords: origin of English; development of English; social changes1 IntroductionThere are about four thousand languages in the world.English is the most popular language among them. In

Mathematics Of The Eye And Color

3192 words - 13 pages Eye And Color The eye form a “optical image” on the light sensitive cell of the retina. It is very often compared to a camera in it so workings. However it is like a camera in its focusing properties but is very different after the light has hit the retina. The camera just prints a point to point representation of the image on film, where as the is much more complex and interesting. The visible light is only a very small portion of the

The Origin And Culture Of The Cupcake

1121 words - 4 pages . Two hundred years later, in the nineteenth century, cakes obtained their more recent content such as baking soda and other ingredients.In the mid nineteenth century, the cupcake was born; cup cakes, that is. Before cupcakes came into existence, ingredients were measured by weight; a pound of butter, two pounds of flour, a pound of sugar, etc. This was the origin of the term pound cake. But then ingredients began being measured in cups, hence cup