The origin and development of Mathematics

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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 betw...

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...ct on the more advanced method of learning in mathematics. In order to better and quickly grasp the essence of mathematics as a discipline, it is important to enrich the disciplinary literacy of the learners which requires them not only to understand the concept and history of mathematics. They also need to develop and reflect on their own method of fulfilling mathematical tasks.


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