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…

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