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TED-Ed

Have you ever considered whether mathematics would exist if people didn’t? Educator Jeff Dekofsky did, so we collaborated with him and TED-Ed to create this fun, animated video exploring the origin of mathematics.

It’s a fun, unusual approach to discussing deep mathematical concepts. Think “Mathy” Python. Here’s our blog post about it.

Would mathematics exist if people didn’t? Since ancient times, mankind has hotly debated whether mathematics was discovered or invented.

Did we create mathematical concepts to help us understand the universe around us, or is math the native language of the universe itself, existing whether we find its truths or not?

Are numbers, polygons, and equations truly real, or merely ethereal representations of some theoretical ideal?

(Bonus: no math is required to view this!)