The history of mathematics can be seen as an ever-increasing series of abstractions
. The first abstraction, which is shared by many animals,
was probably that of numbers: the realization that a collection of two apples and a collection of two oranges (for example) have something in common, namely the quantity of their members.
As evidenced by tallies
found on bone, in addition to recognizing how to count
physical objects, prehistoric
peoples may have also recognized how to count abstract quantities, like time—days, seasons, or years.
The Babylonian mathematical tablet Plimpton 322, dated to 1800 BC.
Beginning in the 6th century BC with the Pythagoreans
, with Greek mathematics
the Ancient Greeks
began a systematic study of mathematics as a subject in its own right.
Around 300 BC, Euclid
introduced the axiomatic method
still used in mathematics today, consisting of definition, axiom, theorem, and proof. His book, Elements
, is widely considered the most successful and influential textbook of all time.
The greatest mathematician of antiquity is often held to be Archimedes
(c. 287–212 BC) of Syracuse
He developed formulas for calculating the surface area and volume of solids of revolution
and used the method of exhaustion
to calculate the area
under the arc of a parabola
with the summation of an infinite series
, in a manner not too dissimilar from modern calculus.
Other notable achievements of Greek mathematics are conic sections
(Apollonius of Perga
, 3rd century BC),trigonometry
(Hipparchus of Nicaea
, 2nd century BC),
and the beginnings of algebra (Diophantus
, 3rd century AD).
The numerals used in the Bakhshali manuscript
, dated between the 2nd century BC and the 2nd century AD.
A page from al-Khwārizmī's Algebra
During the early modern period
, mathematics began to develop at an accelerating pace in Western Europe
. The development of calculus
by Newton and Leibniz in the 17th century revolutionized mathematics. Leonhard Euler
was the most notable mathematician of the 18th century, contributing numerous theorems and discoveries.
Perhaps the foremost mathematician of the 19th century was the German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss
who made numerous contributions to fields such as algebra
, differential geometry
, matrix theory
, number theory
, and statistics
. In the early 20th century, Kurt Gödel
transformed mathematics by publishing his incompleteness theorems
, which show in part that any consistent axiomatic system—if powerful enough to describe arithmetic—will contain true propositions that cannot be proved.
Mathematics has since been greatly extended, and there has been a fruitful interaction between mathematics and science
, to the benefit of both. Mathematical discoveries continue to be made today. According to Mikhail B. Sevryuk, in the January 2006 issue of the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society
, "The number of papers and books included in the Mathematical Reviews
database since 1940 (the first year of operation of MR) is now more than 1.9 million, and more than 75 thousand items are added to the database each year. The overwhelming majority of works in this ocean contain new mathematical theorems
and their proofs
The word mathematics
comes from Ancient Greek máthēma
), meaning "that which is learnt,"
"what one gets to know," hence also "study" and "science". The word for "mathematics" came to have the narrower and more technical meaning "mathematical study" even in Classical times.
(μαθηματικός), meaning "related to learning" or "studious," which likewise further came to mean "mathematical." In particular, mathēmatikḗ tékhnē
(μαθηματικὴ τέχνη; Latin
: ars mathematica
) meant "the mathematical art."
Similarly, one of the two main schools of thought in Pythagoreanism
was known as the mathēmatikoi
(μαθηματικοί)—which at the time meant "learners" rather than "mathematicians" in the modern sense.
In Latin, and in English until around 1700, the term mathematics
more commonly meant "astrology
" (or sometimes "astronomy
") rather than "mathematics"; the meaning gradually changed to its present one from about 1500 to 1800. This has resulted in several mistranslations. For example, Saint Augustine
's warning that Christians should beware of mathematici
, meaning astrologers, is sometimes mistranslated as a condemnation of mathematicians.
The apparent plural
form in English, like the French plural form les mathématiques
(and the less commonly used singular derivative la mathématique
), goes back to the Latin neuter
), based on the Greek plural ta mathēmatiká
(τὰ μαθηματικά), used by Aristotle
(384–322 BC), and meaning roughly "all things mathematical", although it is plausible that English borrowed only the adjective mathematic(al)
and formed the noun mathematics
anew, after the pattern of physics
, which were inherited from Greek.
In English, the noun mathematics
takes a singular verb. It is often shortened to maths
or, in North America, math
Definitions of mathematics
Mathematics has no generally accepted definition. Aristotle
defined mathematics as "the science of quantity" and this definition prevailed until the 18th century. However, Aristotle also noted a focus on quantity alone may not distinguish mathematics from sciences like physics; in his view, abstraction and studying quantity as a property "separable in thought" from real instances set mathematics apart.
In the 19th century, when the study of mathematics increased in rigor and began to address abstract topics such as group theory
and projective geometry
, which have no clear-cut relation to quantity and measurement, mathematicians and philosophers began to propose a variety of new definitions.
A great many professional mathematicians take no interest in a definition of mathematics, or consider it undefinable.
There is not even consensus on whether mathematics is an art or a science.
Some just say, "Mathematics is what mathematicians do."
Three leading types
Three leading types of definition of mathematics today are called logicist
, and formalist
, each reflecting a different philosophical school of thought.
All have severe flaws, none has widespread acceptance, and no reconciliation seems possible.
definitions, developing from the philosophy of mathematician L. E. J. Brouwer
, identify mathematics with certain mental phenomena. An example of an intuitionist definition is "Mathematics is the mental activity which consists in carrying out constructs one after the other."
A peculiarity of intuitionism is that it rejects some mathematical ideas considered valid according to other definitions. In particular, while other philosophies of mathematics allow objects that can be proved to exist even though they cannot be constructed, intuitionism allows only mathematical objects that one can actually construct. Intuitionists also reject the law of excluded middle
). While this stance does force them to reject one common version of proof by contradiction
as a viable proof method, namely the inference of
, they are still able to infer
. For them,
is a strictly weaker statement than
definitions identify mathematics with its symbols and the rules for operating on them. Haskell Curry
defined mathematics simply as "the science of formal systems".
A formal system
is a set of symbols, or tokens
, and some rules
on how the tokens are to be combined into formulas
. In formal systems, the word axiom
has a special meaning different from the ordinary meaning of "a self-evident truth", and is used to refer to a combination of tokens that is included in a given formal system without needing to be derived using the rules of the system.
Mathematics as science
The German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss
referred to mathematics as "the Queen of the Sciences".
More recently, Marcus du Sautoy
has called mathematics "the Queen of Science ... the main driving force behind scientific discovery".
The philosopher Karl Popper
observed that "most mathematical theories are, like those of physics
: pure mathematics therefore turns out to be much closer to the natural sciences whose hypotheses are conjectures, than it seemed even recently."
Popper also noted that "I shall certainly admit a system as empirical or scientific only if it is capable of being tested by experience."
Mathematics shares much in common with many fields in the physical sciences, notably the exploration of the logical consequences
of assumptions. Intuition
and experimentation also play a role in the formulation of conjectures
in both mathematics and the (other) sciences. Experimental mathematics
continues to grow in importance within mathematics, and computation and simulation are playing an increasing role in both the sciences and mathematics.
The opinions of mathematicians on this matter are varied. Many mathematicians
feel that to call their area a science is to downplay the importance of its aesthetic side, and its history in the traditional seven liberal arts
; others feel that to ignore its connection to the sciences is to turn a blind eye to the fact that the interface between mathematics and its applications in science and engineering has driven much development in mathematics.
One way this difference of viewpoint plays out is in the philosophical debate as to whether mathematics is created
(as in art) or discovered
(as in science). In practice, mathematicians are typically grouped with scientists at the gross level but separated at finer levels. This is one of many issues considered in the philosophy of mathematics
Inspiration, pure and applied mathematics, and aesthetics
Some mathematics is relevant only in the area that inspired it, and is applied to solve further problems in that area. But often mathematics inspired by one area proves useful in many areas, and joins the general stock of mathematical concepts. A distinction is often made between pure mathematics
and applied mathematics
. However pure mathematics topics often turn out to have applications, e.g. number theory
This remarkable fact, that even the "purest" mathematics often turns out to have practical applications, is what the physicist Eugene Wigner
has named "the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics
The philosopher of mathematics Mark Steiner
has written extensively on this matter and acknowledges that the applicability of mathematics constitutes “a challenge to naturalism.”
For the philosopher of mathematics Mary Leng
, the fact that the physical world acts in accordance with the dictates of non-causal mathematical entities existing beyond the universe is "a happy coincidence".
On the other hand, for some anti-realists
, connections, which are acquired among mathematical things, just mirror the connections acquiring among objects in the universe, so that there is no "happy coincidence".
As in most areas of study, the explosion of knowledge in the scientific age has led to specialization: there are now hundreds of specialized areas in mathematics and the latest Mathematics Subject Classification
runs to 46 pages.
Several areas of applied mathematics have merged with related traditions outside of mathematics and become disciplines in their own right, including statistics, operations research
, and computer science
For those who are mathematically inclined, there is often a definite aesthetic aspect to much of mathematics. Many mathematicians talk about the elegance
of mathematics, its intrinsic aesthetics
and inner beauty. Simplicity
and generality are valued. There is beauty in a simple and elegant proof
, such as Euclid
's proof that there are infinitely many prime numbers
, and in an elegant numerical method
that speeds calculation, such as the fast Fourier transform
. G. H. Hardy
in A Mathematician's Apology
expressed the belief that these aesthetic considerations are, in themselves, sufficient to justify the study of pure mathematics. He identified criteria such as significance, unexpectedness, inevitability, and economy as factors that contribute to a mathematical aesthetic.
Mathematical research often seeks critical features of a mathematical object. A theorem expressed as a characterization
of the object by these features is the prize. Examples of particularly succinct and revelatory mathematical arguments have been published in Proofs from THE BOOK
Notation, language, and rigor Leonhard Euler
created and popularized much of the mathematical notation used today.
Most of the mathematical notation in use today was not invented until the 16th century.
Before that, mathematics was written out in words, limiting mathematical discovery. Euler
(1707–1783) was responsible for many of the notations in use today. Modern notation makes mathematics much easier for the professional, but beginners often find it daunting. According to Barbara Oakley
, this can be attributed to the fact that mathematical ideas are both more abstract
and more encrypted
than those of natural language.
Unlike natural language, where people can often equate a word (such as cow
) with the physical object it corresponds to, mathematical symbols are abstract, lacking any physical analog.
Mathematical symbols are also more highly encrypted than regular words, meaning a single symbol can encode a number of different operations or ideas.
can be difficult to understand for beginners because even common terms, such as or
, have a more precise meaning than they have in everyday speech, and other terms such as open
refer to specific mathematical ideas, not covered by their laymen's meanings. Mathematical language also includes many technical terms such as homeomorphism
that have no meaning outside of mathematics. Additionally, shorthand phrases such as iff
for "if and only if
" belong to mathematical jargon
. There is a reason for special notation and technical vocabulary: mathematics requires more precision than everyday speech. Mathematicians refer to this precision of language and logic as "rigor".
is fundamentally a matter of rigor
. Mathematicians want their theorems to follow from axioms by means of systematic reasoning. This is to avoid mistaken "theorems
", based on fallible intuitions, of which many instances have occurred in the history of the subject.[b]
The level of rigor expected in mathematics has varied over time: the Greeks expected detailed arguments, but at the time of Isaac Newton
the methods employed were less rigorous. Problems inherent in the definitions used by Newton would lead to a resurgence of careful analysis and formal proof in the 19th century. Misunderstanding the rigor is a cause for some of the common misconceptions of mathematics. Today, mathematicians continue to argue among themselves about computer-assisted proofs
. Since large computations are hard to verify, such proofs may be erroneous if the used computer program is erroneous.[c]
On the other hand, proof assistants
allow verifying all details that cannot be given in a hand-written proof, and provide certainty of the correctness of long proofs such as that of the Feit–Thompson theorem
in traditional thought were "self-evident truths", but that conception is problematic.
At a formal level, an axiom is just a string of symbols, which has an intrinsic meaning only in the context of all derivable formulas of an axiomatic system
. It was the goal of Hilbert's program
to put all of mathematics on a firm axiomatic basis, but according to Gödel's incompleteness theorem
every (sufficiently powerful) axiomatic system has undecidable
formulas; and so a final axiomatization
of mathematics is impossible. Nonetheless mathematics is often imagined to be (as far as its formal content) nothing but set theory
in some axiomatization, in the sense that every mathematical statement or proof could be cast into formulas within set theory.
Fields of mathematics
is a simple calculating tool used since ancient times.
Mathematics can, broadly speaking, be subdivided into the study of quantity, structure, space, and change (i.e. arithmetic
, and analysis
). In addition to these main concerns, there are also subdivisions dedicated to exploring links from the heart of mathematics to other fields: to logic
, to set theory
), to the empirical mathematics of the various sciences (applied mathematics
), and more recently to the rigorous study of uncertainty
. While some areas might seem unrelated, the Langlands program
has found connections between areas previously thought unconnected, such as Galois groups
, Riemann surfaces
and number theory
conventionally groups together the fields of mathematics which study mathematical structures that are fundamentally discrete rather than continuous.
Foundations and philosophy
In order to clarify the foundations of mathematics
, the fields of mathematical logic
and set theory
were developed. Mathematical logic includes the mathematical study of logic
and the applications of formal logic to other areas of mathematics; set theory is the branch of mathematics that studies sets
or collections of objects. The phrase "crisis of foundations" describes the search for a rigorous foundation for mathematics that took place from approximately 1900 to 1930.
Some disagreement about the foundations of mathematics continues to the present day. The crisis of foundations was stimulated by a number of controversies at the time, including the controversy over Cantor's set theory
and the Brouwer–Hilbert controversy
Mathematical logic is concerned with setting mathematics within a rigorous axiomatic
framework, and studying the implications of such a framework. As such, it is home to Gödel's incompleteness theorems
which (informally) imply that any effective formal system
that contains basic arithmetic, if sound
(meaning that all theorems that can be proved are true), is necessarily incomplete
(meaning that there are true theorems which cannot be proved in that system
). Whatever finite collection of number-theoretical axioms is taken as a foundation, Gödel showed how to construct a formal statement that is a true number-theoretical fact, but which does not follow from those axioms. Therefore, no formal system is a complete axiomatization of full number theory. Modern logic is divided into recursion theory
, model theory
, and proof theory
, and is closely linked to theoretical computer science
as well as to category theory
. In the context of recursion theory, the impossibility of a full axiomatization of number theory can also be formally demonstrated as a consequence of the MRDP theorem
Number systems and number theory
As the number system is further developed, the integers are recognized as a subset
of the rational numbers
"). These, in turn, are contained within the real numbers
which are used to represent limits of sequences of rational numbers and continuous
quantities. Real numbers are generalized to the complex numbers
. According to the fundamental theorem of algebra
, all polynomial equations
in one unknown with complex coefficients have a solution in the complex numbers, regardless of degree of the polynomial.
are the first steps of a hierarchy of numbers that goes on to include quaternions
. Consideration of the natural numbers also leads to the transfinite numbers
, which formalize the concept of "infinity
". Another area of study is the size of sets, which is described with the cardinal numbers
. These include the aleph numbers
, which allow meaningful comparison of the size of infinitely large sets.
Many mathematical objects, such as sets
of numbers and functions
, exhibit internal structure as a consequence of operations
that are defined on the set. Mathematics then studies properties of those sets that can be expressed in terms of that structure; for instance number theory
studies properties of the set of integers
that can be expressed in terms of arithmetic
operations. Moreover, it frequently happens that different such structured sets (or structures
) exhibit similar properties, which makes it possible, by a further step of abstraction
, to state axioms
for a class of structures, and then study at once the whole class of structures satisfying these axioms. Thus one can study groups
and other abstract systems; together such studies (for structures defined by algebraic operations) constitute the domain of abstract algebra
By its great generality, abstract algebra can often be applied to seemingly unrelated problems; for instance a number of ancient problems concerning compass and straightedge constructions
were finally solved using Galois theory
, which involves field theory and group theory. Another example of an algebraic theory is linear algebra
, which is the general study of vector spaces
, whose elements called vectors
have both quantity and direction, and can be used to model (relations between) points in space. This is one example of the phenomenon that the originally unrelated areas of geometry
have very strong interactions in modern mathematics. Combinatorics
studies ways of enumerating the number of objects that fit a given structure.
The study of space originates with geometry
—in particular, Euclidean geometry
, which combines space and numbers, and encompasses the well-known Pythagorean theorem
is the branch of mathematics that deals with relationships between the sides and the angles of triangles and with the trigonometric functions. The modern study of space generalizes these ideas to include higher-dimensional geometry, non-Euclidean geometries
(which play a central role in general relativity
) and topology
. Quantity and space both play a role in analytic geometry
, differential geometry
, and algebraic geometry
and discrete geometry
were developed to solve problems in number theory
and functional analysis
but now are pursued with an eye on applications in optimization
and computer science
. Within differential geometry are the concepts of fiber bundles
and calculus on manifolds
, in particular, vector
and tensor calculus
. Within algebraic geometry is the description of geometric objects as solution sets of polynomial
equations, combining the concepts of quantity and space, and also the study of topological groups
, which combine structure and space. Lie groups
are used to study space, structure, and change. Topology
in all its many ramifications may have been the greatest growth area in 20th-century mathematics; it includes point-set topology
, set-theoretic topology
, algebraic topology
and differential topology
. In particular, instances of modern-day topology are metrizability theory
, axiomatic set theory
, homotopy theory
, and Morse theory
. Topology also includes the now solved Poincaré conjecture
, and the still unsolved areas of the Hodge conjecture
. Other results in geometry and topology, including the four color theorem
and Kepler conjecture
, have been proven only with the help of computers.
concerns itself with mathematical methods that are typically used in science, engineering
, and industry
. Thus, "applied mathematics" is a mathematical science
with specialized knowledge
. The term applied mathematics
also describes the professional specialty in which mathematicians work on practical problems; as a profession focused on practical problems, applied mathematics
focuses on the "formulation, study, and use of mathematical models" in science, engineering, and other areas of mathematical practice.
In the past, practical applications have motivated the development of mathematical theories, which then became the subject of study in pure mathematics, where mathematics is developed primarily for its own sake. Thus, the activity of applied mathematics is vitally connected with research in pure mathematics
Statistics and other decision sciences
Applied mathematics has significant overlap with the discipline of statistics, whose theory is formulated mathematically, especially with probability theory
. Statisticians (working as part of a research project) "create data that makes sense" with random sampling
and with randomized experiments
the design of a statistical sample or experiment specifies the analysis of the data (before the data becomes available). When reconsidering data from experiments and samples or when analyzing data from observational studies
, statisticians "make sense of the data" using the art of modelling
and the theory of inference
—with model selection
; the estimated models and consequential predictions
should be tested
on new data
studies decision problems
such as minimizing the risk
) of a statistical action, such as using a procedure
in, for example, parameter estimation
, hypothesis testing
, and selecting the best
. In these traditional areas of mathematical statistics
, a statistical-decision problem is formulated by minimizing an objective function
, like expected loss or cost
, under specific constraints: For example, designing a survey often involves minimizing the cost of estimating a population mean with a given level of confidence.
Because of its use of optimization
, the mathematical theory of statistics shares concerns with other decision sciences
, such as operations research
, control theory
, and mathematical economics
Arguably the most prestigious award in mathematics is the Fields Medal
established in 1936 and awarded every four years (except around World War II) to as many as four individuals. The Fields Medal is often considered a mathematical equivalent to the Nobel Prize.
The Wolf Prize in Mathematics
, instituted in 1978, recognizes lifetime achievement, and another major international award, the Abel Prize
, was instituted in 2003. The Chern Medal
was introduced in 2010 to recognize lifetime achievement. These accolades are awarded in recognition of a particular body of work, which may be innovational, or provide a solution to an outstanding problem in an established field.
A famous list of 23 open problems
, called "Hilbert's problems
", was compiled in 1900 by German mathematician David Hilbert
. This list achieved great celebrity among mathematicians, and at least nine of the problems have now been solved. A new list of seven important problems, titled the "Millennium Prize Problems
", was published in 2000. Only one of them, the Riemann hypothesis
, duplicates one of Hilbert's problems. A solution to any of these problems carries a 1 million dollar reward. Currently, only one of these problems, the Poincaré conjecture
, has been solved.
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