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”

Laws and Theories: Clearing the Confusion

We often hear that scientists come up with theories and then when they are verified they become laws. Well, this is what I usually hear from our teachers in all levels of educations but this is dead wrong. They can’t be blamed entirely. It’s the way that it is conventionally understood and taught. I, too, believed this for the longest time in my relatively young … Continue reading Laws and Theories: Clearing the Confusion