What are mathematics?

  • (noun): A science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement.
    Synonyms: math, maths

Mathematics

Mathematics (from Greek μάθημα máthēma, "knowledge, study, learning") is the abstract study of topics encompassing quantity, structure, space, change, and other properties; it has no generally accepted definition.

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Foundations Of Mathematics - Foundational Crisis - Philosophical Views - Logicism
... Logicism is one of the schools of thought in the philosophy of mathematics, putting forth the theory that mathematics is an extension of logic and therefore some or all mathematics is reducible to logic ...
Otto Toeplitz - Life and Work
... Toeplitz's father and grandfather were mathematics teachers ... Toeplitz studied mathematics in the University of Breslau and was awarded a doctorate in algebraic geometry in 1905 ... Mathematics faculty included David Hilbert, Felix Klein, and Hermann Minkowski ...
Athanasius Kircher - Life
... At Heiligenstadt, he taught mathematics, Hebrew and Syriac, and produced a show of fireworks and moving scenery for the visiting Elector Archbishop of Mainz ... in 1628 and became professor of ethics and mathematics at the University of Würzburg, where he also taught Hebrew and Syriac ... He based himself in the city for the rest of his life, and from 1638, he taught mathematics, physics and oriental languages at the Collegio Romano for several years before being released to devote himself ...
Mathematics As Science
... Gauss referred to mathematics as "the Queen of the Sciences" ... Of course, mathematics is in this sense a field of knowledge ... experimentation and observation is negligible in mathematics, compared to natural sciences such as psychology, biology, or physics ...
Egon Zakrajšek
... He graduated from technical mathematics at the Department of mathematics and physics of then Faculty for natural sciences and technology (FNT) of the University of Ljubljana ... He taught and solved problems from many fields the usage of mathematics in natural and social sciences, statistics, mechanics, classical applied ...

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    The three main medieval points of view regarding universals are designated by historians as realism, conceptualism, and nominalism. Essentially these same three doctrines reappear in twentieth-century surveys of the philosophy of mathematics under the new names logicism, intuitionism, and formalism.
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