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**numenor42 said: In your opinion was maths discovered or invented**

**I say both**: the processes and concepts of mathematics were discovered, but the language that we use to express it was invented.

The structure of mathematics is visible in everything, like the spirals of galaxies down to the complex patterns of molecules. It has always been there, but it just takes time for someone to figure out how to identify it.

And once someone does figure it out, how do they express it to others? By defining symbols for the operations and assigning any reoccurring numbers to a simple letter for reuse later. Soon enough, you’ll have a mathematical language.

This is one of those debates that has been going on for a while and everyone has different opinions. As stated in this Quantum Diaries blog post:

The difference between terrestrial and extra-terrestrial mathematics would tell us the extent to which mathematics is discovered or invented.

I think that is a good way to resolve the debate.