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WHAT DOES CALLING MATHEMATICS LANGUAGE MEANS? DOES MATHEMATICS FUNCTION IN THE SAME WAY AS OUR DAILY WRITTEN AND SPOKEN LANGUAGE? DO MATHEMATICS SYMBOLS HAVE MEANING, IN THE SAME SENSE WORDS HAVE MEANING?

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THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE WHAT DOES CALLING MATHEMATICS LANGUAGE MEANS? DOES MATHEMATICS FUNCTION IN THE SAME WAY AS OUR DAILY WRITTEN AND SPOKEN LANGUAGE? DO MATHEMATICS SYMBOLS HAVE MEANING, IN THE SAME SENSE WORDS HAVE MEANING? 2n�-32= 0 2n�= 32 n� =_32 2 n�=16 n� = V16 n = +4 or -4 A maths equation which needs to be simplified down. An average person with a basic knowledge of maths would be able to simplify this equation. To simplify the equation the negative 32 need to be moved to the right hand side and the needs to be divided by the 2 which will leave 16. Then the 16 needs to be square rooted which then we will derive with 4 or -4. The reason for having this equation was to show that without direction on what to do in English words people would be able to solve this equation. ...read more.

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of the zeta function and came up with 15,000 such cases whereas in 2004 they have discovered more than 10 trillion such points. This in turn suggests that maths has a vast parallel world which seems abstract to us. Math's is a language in its own terms. Mathematics has many characteristics of language. Although it does not have a range of functions of language an arguably depends on being consciously taught through language. Mathematics has features which make it far superior to language as a symbolic system for abstract rational arguments. Mathematics is precise to the point. 5 have a value and it is 5 whereas a few can mean different values. Maths is compact Considerable thought can fit into a few lines and an example of this is the Pythagorean theory which is c�=a�+b� where as translating this into English equation it might take a space. Math can be seen as subtract. ...read more.

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The right angle triangle which is displayed below has a 90� angle to it. The point to be noticed is that "yes" they do have meaning as words do but these symbols has a subjective value in them. For e.g. An English word has a set meaning and there are very few instances where it has a double meaning but the main word has a term which is universal and accepted by people and the meaning is objective or a fact. Comparing this example with a mathematical symbol the meaning of a symbol could vary because of the evolution that is happening in maths. Maths is a language where everything needs evidence; it is finding the mystery or the unknown. When something new has been found we term the symbol with a different meaning hence there is a constant evolution in Mathematics. I personally believe that Maths is a universal language where all the people communicate through shapes and symbols. The lack of communication is not a problem because it's all in the math!. JERIN ANDREWS ...read more.

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