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Pythagoras’ revenge: humans didn’t invent mathematics, it’s what the world is made of

By Sam Baron, Associate professor, Australian Catholic University
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Many people think that mathematics is a human invention. To this way of thinking, mathematics is like a language: it may describe real things in the world, but it doesn’t “exist” outside the minds of the people who use it.

But the Pythagorean school of thought in ancient Greece held a different view. Its proponents believed reality is fundamentally mathematical.

More than 2,000 years later, philosophers and physicists…The Conversation


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