Is There Such a Thing As Math Without Numbers?

Eye Math

One reason I started this blog was because I had asked myself a question: Is there such a thing as Visual Math? I’m talking about a totally visual form of math – where there are no numbers involved (and no verbal language). Is this possible? If there are no numbers (or quantities, or any symbols that stand for numbers) can we still call it math?

Here are a few definitions of math:

Merriam-Webster defines it as “the science of numbers and their operations, interrelations, combinations, generalizations, and abstractions and of space configurations and their structure, measurement, transformations, and generalizations”.

Wikipedia defines mathematics as “the study of quantity, structure, space, and change”.

These references to “space”, “structure”, and “change” certainly ground the notion of math in the context

of physical experience.

But math is genuinely abstract, and whether or not it is ultimately derived from earthly experience, it may

or may not…

View original post 125 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: