So, is Math a Science or nah?


My views on this have been changed slightly and I am now seeing more of a connection between math and science. I wanted to delve more into this topic so I started by simply looking up the definitions of mathematics and science, based on

Mathematics: the systematic treatment of magnitude, relationships between figures and forms, and relations between quantities expressed symbolically

Science: a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws

They both are systematic ways of expressing relationships and or laws/facts. I’ve begun to look at science as more of an applied mathematics, where you use math in order to prove or disprove a scientific observation. In science, we constantly interpret and analyze the data that some experience has created. In order to look at this numerical set and come up with some type of answer, we use math. This includes being able to look at any given pattern and conclude something from it. We are constantly using both charts and tables in order to interpret mathematical data or scientific research because this is the best way to analyze the data presented and build conjectures or observations. Using this data, we then prove our reasoning. We could not do this without using both the mathematical and scientific areas.

I could see where one would say that math is not science because there are times when you can work on a problem that may be pure math with no context behind it. This may be the case that math is not always science, but I would argue that science is almost completely math. Whenever you’re studying science, there is always some type of math behind it to give you the reasoning whether it be a table of data or an equation you had to solve.

This topic can be confusing and made me uneasy for a while because I can see both sides. I think the answer is pretty clear to me now that I’ve thought about it.


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