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Re: Math vs. Science
Posted:
Jul 22, 1996 10:28 AM


>Mathematics is NOT a Science. >Science like business uses mathematics. >Mathematics is more of a philosophy then a science. >Why do we let the public group math. amoung the sciences when all of these >engineering,business,sciences,programing,and etc are all subsets of >mathematics? >If you only look upon math. as a skill and not a way of thinking...then maybe >it is a science. >I do not think so.
Ray,
I am inclined to consider math a language. In the language of math we describe relationships, patterns, etc. that "we" or someone noticed. For example the statement which describes the area of a circle is a statement which describes the circle area in relationship to other aspects of the circle. This description provides us with a method for determining the area. But it is truly only a description of the relationships. In otherwords knowing the relationships allows us to identify other names for that relationship.
Algebra is a set of generalized statements that are accurate within some limits. (3+2) or (20/4) and there are multipe other names such as (20/5) + 1, etc. are "nouns" that name a relationship. Which "noun" we use often depends on how literate we are in the language of mathematics.
I see science as a method for discovering or uncovering relationships and patterns. This creates an interdependence between the language and the method of discovery because the language of mathematics allows for more precise/specific discussions of those discoveries. In other words perhaps mathematics "could" be considered the language of the sciences, but I agree that it is not a science itself.
Eileen
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