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 (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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Mathematics As Science
... Gauss referred to mathematics as "the Queen of the Sciences" ... Of course, mathematics is in this sense a field of knowledge ... Of course, the role of empirical experimentation and observation is negligible in mathematics, compared to natural sciences such as psychology, biology, or physics ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ... He taught and solved problems from many fields the usage of mathematics in natural and social sciences, statistics, mechanics, classical applied mathematics ...

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