Math – The Big Question

If mathematics is created by men, why do we sometimes feel that mathematical truths are objective facts about the world rather than something constructed by human beings?

I believe that we sometimes feel that mathematical truths are objective facts about the world due to the element of faith that is involved in mathematical understanding. In particular, when it comes to axioms, they are perceived as self-evident without the need for proof, and can simply be accepted and comprehended the way that they are. In terms of mathematical proofs, the use of deductive reasoning provides sufficient evidence for claims and statements, essentially proving them to be true. Even though mathematics is something constructed by human beings, enough time has passed to allow humans to make sense of and justify mathematical truths, as well as implement them into their daily lives with mathematics as an underlying order.

Mathematics Definitions

My definition: Mathematics is a type of science that exists as thoughts and ideas, consisting of number, quantity and space.

Definition #2: Mathematics is a type of science that exists as thoughts and ideas, consisting of number, quantity and space. It involves the investigation and observation of patterns that arise as natural phenomena, in order to understand concepts that may not normally be seen without the implementation of mathematics.

Definition #3: Mathematics is a type of science that exists as thoughts and ideas, consisting of number, quantity and space. It involves the investigation and observation of patterns that arise as natural phenomena, in order to understand concepts that may not normally be seen without the application of mathematics. It can further be categorised into pure math and applied math, which are somewhat interrelated and allow the fundamental concepts of mathematics to be transferred and implemented into other areas of science (e.g. physics, computer science).