# What Is Mathematics? [In Simple Words]

0 # The Meaning Of Mathematics

Mathematics is commonly defined as the study of patterns of structure, change, and space; more informally, one might say it is the study of figures and numbers.

The word mathematics comes from the Greek word ‘máthema’, which itself derived from the word ‘manthano’ in the ancient Greek language or, ‘mathaino’ in the Modern Greek language both of which means "to learn".

The word ‘Máthema’ means

• "that which is learnt", or
• "what one gets to know", and its adjective is ‘mathematikós’ meaning "related to learning" or "studious", which likewise further came to mean "mathematical".

In Latin, and in English until around 1700, the term mathematics more commonly meant "astrology" or sometimes "astronomy" rather than "mathematics".

The meaning gradually changed to its present form about 1500 to 1800.

Mathematics is a tool specially suited for dealing with scientific concepts.

The unique nature of the mathematics language with its signs, symbols, terms, and operations, is that it can handle ideas with precision and conciseness that is unknown to any other language.

As per the formalist view, mathematics is the investigation of axiomatically defined abstract structures using logic and mathematical notation.

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