# Was Mathematics Discovered or Invented? Find Out Here

A question that has baffled scientists for centuries, a question whose answer doesn't seem quite straightforward - was mathematics discovered or invented? In this ScienceStruck article, we have tried to shed light on whether math is an invention or discovery...

ScienceStruck Staff

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018

*It is mathematics that offers the exact natural sciences a certain measure of security which, without mathematics, they could not attain.*- Albert Einstein.

Invention or Discovery?

Mathematics was always present in nature, waiting to be discovered. In fact, it is present everywhere in the universe. But math, as a subject, is dreaded and scary for many. Even thinking about calculations, theorems, algebra, geometry, permutations and combinations gives goosebumps to some people.

Why is it a Discovery?

Symmetry

The principles of symmetry and balance are seen in almost all living things. Many living things, including human beings, show symmetry in their anatomy. For example, the body structures of mammals are such that, the left and right side of their anatomical structures are perfect mirror images of each other. This kind of symmetry can also be seen in the placement of leaves on branches. This is called bilateral symmetry.

Shapes

A branch of mathematics, geometry describes shapes. We find so many shapes in nature. Celestial bodies like the Moon, Earth, and planets, are spherical in shape. They revolve in an elliptical orbit around the Sun. Mountains, some fruits like strawberries or pineapples, and tress like the Christmas tree, are conical in shape. The cells that a honeycomb is made up of are hexagonal in shape.

Fibonacci Sequence

The Fibonacci sequence or the Golden ratio is one of the basic fundamental sequences of the universe. It is omnipresent, and its practical applications are found in many structures or patterns in the cosmos. The sequence was put forth by Leonardo Fibonacci during calculation of the offspring produced by a pair of rabbits in a course of one year.

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