When posed the question, what is math?, I'm sure that many of my peers would head straight towards a definition that includes words like torture, numbers, operations, graphs and variables. Although I believe some of those definitions to be true, I also see math in a much broader lens that includes problem solving, collaboration, trail and error, and critical thinking. Whether we like it or not, math surrounds our daily lives and we won't ever be able to escape that reality. If I were to ask you, what are the top 5 biggest discoveries in mathematics, what would you say? For me, I would panic... top 5? I can't even think of the number one math discover in history. The math field is so broad, how could I possibly pick? So let me reword this question; in your opinion, what are the top 5 biggest discoveries in mathematics? For me, the foundations of math is truly the most important because without the original discoveries, would there be any of the advanced discoveries? 1. The number system 2. Addition/Subtraction/Division/Multiplication 3. Discovery of Algebra 4. Patterns/Geometry 5. Time To bring this blog to a close, I want to jump back to that idea that we can never escape this idea that math surrounds our daily lives. When I tried to put my definition of math into words, I felt like I still left out so many ideas. When I tried to state the top 5 math discoveries, my brain was scattered as I tried to decided which discoveries were most important. Math is wrapped into so many aspects of life including nature, cooking, sports, and so much more. Take for example the sunflower images I've used on this blog. Even something as simple as a sunflower can embody math.
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9/9/2017 07:23:39 am
I like this idea of math as an opportunity. I'm going to think some more about that. One of the favorite math twitter responses to a cool image is wcydwt (what can you do with that).
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