Is Math Objective? The Babylonians, the Chinese, and the “Pythagorean” Theorem

Mathematics is viewed by many to be an objective science. There are independent co-discoveries in this highly abstract field. People discover the same mathematical things and relations despite having not met. This gives credit to the position that math is indeed objective. In this article, we are going to the mathematical concept we normally call the Pythagorean theorem; a concept that is not purely Pythagorean at all. It was discovered more than 1000 years before the philosopher Pythagoras was even born by the Babylonians. It too was independently discovered by the Chinese.  Continue reading “Is Math Objective? The Babylonians, the Chinese, and the “Pythagorean” Theorem”