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# Is pure maths an art or a science? watch

1. Well, is it?
Well, is it?
science
3. An artistic science
4. science, though it looks every so pretty when it comes together
5. (Original post by theone)
An artistic science

But is it really a science? Only with a science you're studying things, doing experiments... pure maths seems to be maths for maths' sake. Don't really know how I'm trying to argue this to be honest... One of my teachers had a theory that maths at a high level was an art and I wondered if anyone else shared the same view

But is it really a science? Only with a science you're studying things, doing experiments... pure maths seems to be maths for maths' sake. Don't really know how I'm trying to argue this to be honest... One of my teachers had a theory that maths at a high level was an art and I wondered if anyone else shared the same view
Maths at a high level is an art because only ceertain people enjoy that type of art, same goes for science though. I reckon it is a new type i.e. Maths
7. It requires just as much imagination, skill and brilliance as any other art, and can be appreciated equally much as well...
8. Its a science
9. (...) it is certain that the real function of art is to increase our self-consciousness: to make us more aware of what we are, and therefore of what the Universe in which we live really is. And since mathematics, in its own way, also performs this function, it is not only aesthetically charming but profoundly significant. It is an art, and a great art.
- John W. N. Sullivan
10. Hmm, I'm not sure that the premiss in the question, that science and art are disjoint and exhaustive over academia, is valid. I'd tend towards the view of 2776, that pure mathematics is neither art nor science.
11. (Original post by Dogtanian)
Hmm, I'm not sure that the premiss in the question, that science and art are disjoint and exhaustive over academia, is valid. I'd tend towards the view of 2776, that pure mathematics is neither art nor science.
I think it's a science - proving hypothesis and modelling things.

Ben
12. (Original post by Ben.S.)
I think it's a science - proving hypothesis and modelling things.

Ben
surely thats applied not pure maths
13. Maths is a subject based upon logic. The arts are generally taken to be based upon creativity (for want of a better word).
14. (Original post by edders)
surely thats applied not pure maths
Proof occurs quite a lot in pure maths! I suppose the second bit was a bit applied, wasn't it? But it just goes to show that the maths CAN be applied - like science. Just try and apply a painting to something useful!!!

Ben
15. (Original post by Worried)
Maths is a subject based upon logic. The arts are generally taken to be based upon creativity (for want of a better word).
I'd say they're both, essentially, based on imagination.
16. (Original post by Linda)
I'd say they're both, essentially, based on imagination.
Ingenuity, certainly.

Ben
17. Ingenuity, yes - but it can hardly be said that arts such as literature and painting are based upon the same processes and logical inferences involved in pure maths.
18. I'd go for an art. It's more than just learning things, there's something... else, about it, compared to sciences.
19. (Original post by ++Hex++)
I'd go for an art. It's more than just learning things, there's something... else, about it, compared to sciences.
It's a science!!!

Ben
20. (Original post by Ben.S.)
It's a science!!!

Ben
Why?

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