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a friend of mine thinks Maths is all about OBSERVATION? watch

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    he's studying biomedical sciences, im studying maths
    he's convinced maths is about observation

    he can *prove* it's all about observation, which is funny

    what do you think?

    for me, maths is all about rules and axioms, we don't observe these rules in the natural world, we observe their output
    other sciences do rely on observation, but mathematics is used to describe and analyse these observations in an efficient way

    do you think he's completely in the wrong?
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    I think he meant recognising patterns that kind of thing
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    In a sense, some mathematical research could be described as thinking "hmm, I wonder what happens if I define so and so like this..." and then observing what happens as you extrapolate logically?
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    That is the beauty of maths, trying to find the pattern and then most cases realising there isn't any except procedure, protocol to follow in order to find a pattern, such is the case at uni I see.......
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    I don't think it's fair to say that you can summarise maths in one word; and even if you could, I wouldn't say "observation" is that word personally.
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    Tell him from me that he is a muppet.
 
 
 
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