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Where does math come from?

I'm guessing your answer is going to be, "Math is short for mathematics. Duh." But that's not all. What is math really?

Some of you may recognize math as the subject in school you dread most, whereas others may take math as the one thing they love most.

However, though, as most technology we use nowadays, math was invented out of needs of society. Math was generally created around the time that primitive tribes began counting. The concept of numbers in general is what honestly first began the process of math.

The next logical step beyond counting is thinking of numbers in units, for example: 10 is the most common because that's the number of fingers or toes we have in all. (Except for, you know, those with an extra toe or no pinky.)

Ancient Greeks, Romans, Mayans and Egyptians were all known for their grand understanding of mathematics in their time. Math was an art to those in that time. They used math to build their empires and to construct other buildings and projects. When math first came about, their cultures began to understand the world in a new way.

In any case, math is not just that boring subject that the teacher is always blabbing about in class. There is far more to math than even the most successful mathematicians know.

A quote from Phineas and Ferb:

Phineas: It's all about expressing yourself. What do you do when you're angry?
Baljeet: Math.
Phineas: Okay. How about sad?
Baljeet: Math.
Phineas: Happy?
Baljeet: Math.
Phineas: So every feeling you have makes you want to do math?
Baljeet: I do not know if it so much cause and effect; I do a lot of math. The feelings come and go.

Yes, when you do math, the feelings do come and go. So pick up that textbook and start studying!

Author's Note: Sources: www.ehow.com, www.wikipedia.com


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