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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a friend of mine thinks Maths is all about OBSERVATION? watch
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Last edited by anzerftum; 22-03-2011 at 22:16.
- 22-03-2011 22:11
- 22-03-2011 22:19
I think he meant recognising patterns that kind of thing
- 22-03-2011 22:48
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?
- 22-03-2011 22:51
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.......
- 23-03-2011 00:13
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.
- 23-03-2011 00:17
Tell him from me that he is a muppet.