Questions About MathDate: Sat, 26 Nov 1994 23:58:32 -0500 From: Pierre Kerr Subject: Math Question Dear Dr.Math, The Grant Alternative School, (jk to 6) Ottawa, has installed a mailbox in the library to take "Questions to a Scientist". The mailbox is a very popular item, possibly because it has sneakers, the questions slide into a 5/14" disk drive slot, and its name is IQ, but I think that the students are sincerely interested in getting an answer to their carefully written questions. In the first month we received 245 questions! I am the chairman of the parent's Math, Science and Computer committee and am responsible for the creation of IO. I am also responsible for getting the questions answered. You have been chosen to answer the following question. Your response would be greatly appreciated and you will get full credit in the write-up. Thank you. Student: Andrew Lucas Grade: 3 or 4 Teacher: Jeannie Mastine Question: Who invented math? Also.. Student: Thea Mills Grade: 5 or 6 Teacher Julie Breeze Question: Where did the word Math come from? -- Pierre A. Kerr Date: Mon, 5 Dec 1994 19:48:22 -0500 (EST) From: Dr. Sydney Subject: Re: Math Question Dear Andrew, Thanks for writing to Dr. Math! You asked a great question: Who invented math? Unlike physical objects like the lightbulb, the telephone, and the calculator that were invented by one person or a group of people, math wasn't really "invented" by anyone in particular. The theory behind math has been evolving for a very long time. People first started doing math-related things when they counted objects around them. Math didn't become a real field of study until sometime around 500 B.C.E. (that is about 2500 years ago!) I hope this helps answer your question. Feel free to write back with any more questions you might have. --Sydney, Dr. "Math Rocks" Date: Mon, 5 Dec 1994 17:36:08 -0500 (EST) From: Dr. Sydney Subject: Re: Math Question Dear Thea, Hello! Thanks for writing Dr. Math! I am glad you asked where the word math comes from, because I didn't know, and I found it interesting to find out. It turns out that the word, math, has its roots in the Latin word mathematicus and the Greek word mathematikos which comes from mathema (what is learned) and manthanein (to learn). So, math comes from words that mean learning. Pretty neat, huh? Thanks for writing, and please write again. --Sydney, "dr. math" |
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