Mathematics as a Common Language to Our Civilization

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Carson Lam Kai Shun


Mathematics surrounds us and has existed since ancient times. Numerals originated from performing daily tasks that required conceptual counting. Later, symbols began to appear and had to be memorized. Overtime, these formulas were simplified and transformed into notations. The collection of these symbols and notations became words, which gradually developed into a language. Indeed, mathematics can be used as a rational tool to link all kinds of knowledge. Throughout history, mathematics has been connected with all past human endeavors, and these achievements were composed to form different cultures. In addition, modern civilization only has one common type of mathematics – in terms of symbols – to depict the world’s natural phenomena. Therefore, mathematics is a common language for different nations and cultures. Taking a step further, this arguably implies that we have one creator, Christianity God – Jehovah.

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