Mathematics: The Language Of Science
  • According to Galileo Galilei, mathematics is the language in which God scripted the universe.
  • A language, as defined by linguist Noam Chomsky, is a set of sentences constructed using a finite set of elements, being able to represent events and abstract concepts.
  • Mathematics is considered a bona-fide language by many linguists though there are others who disagree and say that it is mostly in written format only.
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Why Mathematics Is a Language

  • A language normally contains vocabulary, meaning, grammer, syntax, narrative and a set of people who use and understand the various symbols.
  • The syntax, vocabulary and grammar of mathematics forms a system of communication which any language must have to qualify as one.
  • It is considered by many as a universal language as it meets all criteria and requirements of the same.

Nouns in math are the Arabic numerals, fractions, variables, expressions, figures, infinity, Pi and imaginary numbers like i.

The verbs of math are equalities and inequalities, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and many other operatives like Sin, Cos, Tan etc.

The rules of mathematics, like syntax and grammar, are international, with the same structure used universally. Greek and Latin languages are used to denote the various symbols.

  • Many students find numbers and symbols confusing, and using a familiar language to describe an equation makes the subject easy to understand.
  • Solving word problems, where nouns, verbs and modifiers are translated into mathematical equations is a good exercise.
  • As mathematics is universal, it helps people learn and communicate by acting as a common translator language.

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