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On the Lighter Side => Famous Scientists, Doctors and Inventors => Topic started by: Astronomer_FB on 04/03/2009 11:18:11

I was sitting in Math one day and I was looking at all the rules there were in every type of math and i wanted to know who started all these rules and equations and all ofthe exceptions, when did it all start.
I know the Arabs contributed Geometry and algebra ( really sorry guys my peoples first mistake JK) but what about the others?

8000 BC
http://it.stlawu.edu/~dmelvill/mesomath/

How much time did it take you to find that link? [:)]

I knew it from before.
Mathematics and its history has always fascinated me. Before we had 'alchemists' working from what they saw as sensible premises. Now we know so much more about what we see as sensible :) And mathematics is our new theoretical language for describing what might be. One of the ideas I believe but won't ever be able to prove is that, as long as math behind what you are trying to describe is 'sound' and able to be proved as correct, then your idea have a good chance of 'exist'. Not here perhaps, but 'somewhere' :)
There is for example a theorem from the eighteen hundreds (?) that states that all parallel lines will meet somewhere in the distance, and as far as I understood it, it is correct mathematically, just not in our spacetime ::))