Mathematics is

**the science and study of quality, structure, space, and change**. Mathematicians seek out patterns, formulate new conjectures, and establish truth by rigorous deduction from appropriately chosen axioms and definitions.

**Mathematics starts with counting**.
It is not reasonable, however, to suggest that early counting was
mathematics. Only when some record of the counting was kept and,
therefore, some representation of numbers occurred can mathematics be
said to have started. In Babylonia mathematics developed from 2000 BC.

Archimedes was a Greek mathematician who flourished from 287 to 212 B.C. He found mathematical problems very intriguing. So much so that he scribbled math equations and plotted graphs on the ground and even on his stomach.

Throughout history, different cultures have discovered the maths **needed
for tasks like understanding groups and relationships, sharing food,
looking at astronomical and seasonal patterns, and more**. There are probably forms of mathematics that were understood by people we don't even know existed.

The oldest mathematical texts from Mesopotamia and Egypt are from 2000 to 1800 BC. Many early texts mention Pythagorean triples and so, by inference, the Pythagorean theorem seems to be the most ancient and widespread mathematical concept after basic arithmetic and geometry.

**Mathematics**
is an area of knowledge
that includes the topics of numbers, formulas and related structures,
shapes and the spaces in which they are contained, and quantities and
their changes. These topics are represented in modern mathematics with
the major subdisciplines of number theory, algebra,geometry,and
analysis,respectively. There is no general consensus among
mathematicians about a common definition for their academic discipline.

Most mathematical activity involves the discovery of properties
of abstract objects and the use of pure reason to prove them. These
objects consist of either abstractions from nature or—in modern
mathematics—entities that are stipulated to have certain properties,
called axioms. A *proof* consists of a succession of applications
of deductive rules to already established results. These results include
previously proved theorems,
axioms, and—in case of abstraction from nature—some basic properties
that are considered true starting points of the theory under
consideration.

Mathematics is essential in the natural sciences, engineering, medicine, finance, computer science and the social sciences. Although mathematics is extensively used for modeling phenomena, the fundamental truths of mathematics are independent from any scientific experimentation. Some areas of mathematics, such as statistics and game theory, are developed in close correlation with their applications and are often grouped under applied mathematics. Other areas are developed independently from any application (and are therefore called pure mathematics), but often later find practical applications.The problem of integer factorization, for example, which goes back to Euclid in 300 BC, had no practical application before its use in the RSA cryptosystem, now widely used for the security of computer networks.

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Historically,
the concept of a proof and its associated mathematical rigour first
appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclid's *Elements*.Since
its beginning, mathematics was essentially divided into geometry and
arithmetic (the manipulation of natural numbers and fractions), until
the 16th and 17th centuries, when algebra and infinitesimal calculus
were introduced as new areas. Since then, the interaction between
mathematical innovations and scientific discoveries has led to a rapid
lockstep increase in the development of both.

At the end of the 19th century, the foundational crisis of mathematics led to the systematization of the axiomatic method, which heralded a dramatic increase in the number of mathematical areas and their fields of application. The contemporary Mathematics Subject Classification lists more than 60 first-level areas of mathematics.

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