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# Is pure maths an art or a science? watch

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

Ben
and yet it is also an art...
2. (Original post by Linda)
and yet it is also an art...
to no greater or lesser extent than science
3. So it's 50% art and 50% science exactly?
4. (Original post by edders)
to no greater or lesser extent than science
but pure math, maths for math's sake, may be closer to the true meaning of art (and perhaps the original meaning of art, i.e. skill) than to science...

"The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s, must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test; there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics . . .
It may be very hard to define mathematical beauty, but that is just as true of beauty of any kind-we may not know quite what we mean by a beautiful poem, but that does not prevent us from recognizing one when we read it."
-G. H. Hardy
5. (Original post by Linda)
but pure math, maths for math's sake, may be closer to the true meaning of art (and perhaps the original meaning of art, i.e. skill) than to science...

"The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s, must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test; there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics . . .
It may be very hard to define mathematical beauty, but that is just as true of beauty of any kind-we may not know quite what we mean by a beautiful poem, but that does not prevent us from recognizing one when we read it."
-G. H. Hardy
Lovely quote.
6. "The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s, must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colours or words, must fit together in a harmonious way."

But does the above not apply for the various thereoms in science? Could it not be said that the most important equations and ideas in Physics have a kind of elegance and beauty of their own? And does that make the subject an art?
7. Pure maths isn't science or art. When pure maths strays into questions like what is 0^0? what is 0/0? Why is i^i a real number? it clearly shows that it has no scientific purpose; in other words, it bears no meaningful relationship to the real world.

If you want to call philosophy an 'art,' then I would say that pure maths was closest to an art as it deals with very abstract questions. However, pure maths cannot be likened to literature, painting or drama since pure maths is concerned with precision whereas literature etc.. is based very much upon personal interpretation.

I would say that pure maths is a very abstract subject, which cannot really be categorised as an art or science.
Well, is it?
It's a philosophy
9. (Original post by elpaw)
It's a philosophy
Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules.
Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives.
10. (Original post by theone)
I think it's unfair to say pure maths has no relation to the real world, the use of RSA encryption for example.
It does have applications, but that's not why people do it.
11. (Original post by muffe)
Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules.
Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives.
12. (Original post by elpaw)
mathematical proof that sex=fun
13. (Original post by muffe)
mathematical proof that sex=fun
Do you get any with sigs like that?
14. (Original post by theone)
Do you get any with sigs like that?
being the only girl in the maths HL class, yeah...
15. (Original post by theone)
Do you get any with sigs like that?
lol
16. (Original post by muffe)
being the only girl in the maths HL class, yeah...
Well, that's shut me up
17. (Original post by muffe)
mathematical proof that sex=fun
aaahhhhhh didn't see it
18. (Original post by theone)
Well, that's shut me up
u should have read her profile
19. (Original post by theone)
Well, that's shut me up
I was just kidding... My personal life is, well, personal... But I am the only girl in maths HL now
20. (Original post by muffe)
mathematical proof that sex=fun
so what is the integral with respect to?

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