Mathematics FAQs:

Q: Is mathematics not like a game whose tasks are determined by arbitrarily stipulated rules?

A: Yes.

Q: Is mathematics often discovered?

A: Yes.

Q: Is mathematics another sign of the pleasure many find in solving mathematical questions?

A: Yes.

Q: Is mathematics the mental activity which consists in carrying out constructs one after the other?

A: Yes.

Q: Is mathematics in trading?

A: Yes, and land measurement, painting and weaving patterns and the recording of time.

Q: Is mathematics often imagined to be nothing but set theory in some axiomatization?

A: Yes, and in the sense that every mathematical statement or proof could be cast into formulas within set theory.

Q: Is mathematics developed primarily for its own sake?

A: Yes.

Q: Is mathematics vitally connected with research in pure mathematics?

A: Yes.

Q: Is mathematics created or discovered?

A: Yes, It is common to see universities divided into sections that include a division of Science and Mathematics, indicating that the fields are seen as being allied but that they do not coincide.

Q: Is mathematics in this sense a field of knowledge?

A: Yes.

Q: Is mathematics the Fields Medal?

A: Yes, and established in 1936 and awarded every four years to as many as four individuals.

Q: Is mathematics relevant only in the area that inspired it?

A: Yes, and is applied to solve further problems in that area.

Q: Is mathematics essential in many fields?

A: Yes, and including natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and the social sciences.

Q: Is mathematics an art or a science?

A: Yes.

Q: Is mathematics called logicist?

A: Yes, and intuitionist, and formalist, each reflecting a different philosophical school of thought.

Q: Is mathematics impossible?

A: Yes.

Q: Is mathematics what mathematicians do?

A: Yes.

Q: Is mathematics not experimentally falsifiable?

A: Yes, and thus not a science according to the definition of Karl Popper.

Q: Was mathematics written out in words?

A: Yes, and limiting mathematical discovery.