TOK - faith in mathematics

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Gupta   Ayush Gupta IB TOK 12 October 30, 2012 Word Count: 482 Faith in math Faith is a term used to show belief in a particular idea, for example faith in God. Math is a form of language which was invented by humans to study and work upon the quantitative aspect of life. Though many people argue that Math was discovered because mathematical patterns exist in nature such as a sequence, however Math is actually a language to express and further work upon such patterns. Therefore according to me Math is invented by humans only and
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so it depends on whether we have faith in our own creation or not. Math is a system which has its roots in numbers, mathematical operators, variables etc. These things form the fundamentals of mathematics and can be considered as words in the language English. This means that if there is certain mathematical entity in nature such as length or breath, then we use numbers to compare and express these entities and mathematical operators such as multiplication to further calculate the area, hence making work like carpentry easier. Hence the faith aspect starts from the roots of Math. If we ...

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