Mathematics includes the study of such topics as quantity, structure and change. Mathematicians use patterns to formulate new conjectures; when mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects. Practical mathematics has been a human activity from as far back; the research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or centuries of sustained inquiry. Rigorous arguments first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclid's Elements. Since the pioneering work of Giuseppe Peano, David Hilbert, others on axiomatic systems in the late 19th century, it has become customary to view mathematical research as establishing truth by rigorous deduction from appropriately chosen axioms and definitions. Mathematics developed at a slow pace until the Renaissance, when mathematical innovations interacting with new scientific discoveries led to a rapid increase in the rate of mathematical discovery that has continued to the present day.
Mathematics is essential in many fields, including natural science, medicine and the social sciences. Applied mathematics has led to new mathematical disciplines, such as statistics and game theory. Mathematicians engage in pure mathematics without having any application in mind, but practical applications for what began as pure mathematics are discovered later; the history of mathematics can be seen as an ever-increasing series of abstractions. The first abstraction, shared by many animals, was that of numbers: the realization that a collection of two apples and a collection of two oranges have something in common, namely quantity of their members; as evidenced by tallies found on bone, in addition to recognizing how to count physical objects, prehistoric peoples may have recognized how to count abstract quantities, like time – days, years. Evidence for more complex mathematics does not appear until around 3000 BC, when the Babylonians and Egyptians began using arithmetic and geometry for taxation and other financial calculations, for building and construction, for astronomy.
The most ancient mathematical texts from Mesopotamia and Egypt are from 2000–1800 BC. Many early texts mention Pythagorean triples and so, by inference, the Pythagorean theorem seems to be the most ancient and widespread mathematical development after basic arithmetic and geometry, it is in Babylonian mathematics that elementary arithmetic first appear in the archaeological record. The Babylonians possessed a place-value system, used a sexagesimal numeral system, still in use today for measuring angles and time. Beginning in the 6th century BC with the Pythagoreans, the Ancient Greeks began a systematic study of mathematics as a subject in its own right with Greek mathematics. Around 300 BC, Euclid introduced the axiomatic method still used in mathematics today, consisting of definition, axiom and proof, his textbook Elements is considered the most successful and influential textbook of all time. The greatest mathematician of antiquity is held to be Archimedes of Syracuse, he developed formulas for calculating the surface area and volume of solids of revolution and used the method of exhaustion to calculate the area under the arc of a parabola with the summation of an infinite series, in a manner not too dissimilar from modern calculus.
Other notable achievements of Greek mathematics are conic sections, trigonometry (Hipparchus of Nicaea, the beginnings of algebra. The Hindu–Arabic numeral system and the rules for the use of its operations, in use throughout the world today, evolved over the course of the first millennium AD in India and were transmitted to the Western world via Islamic mathematics. Other notable developments of Indian mathematics include the modern definition of sine and cosine, an early form of infinite series. During the Golden Age of Islam during the 9th and 10th centuries, mathematics saw many important innovations building on Greek mathematics; the most notable achievement of Islamic mathematics was the development of algebra. Other notable achievements of the Islamic period are advances in spherical trigonometry and the addition of the decimal point to the Arabic numeral system. Many notable mathematicians from this period were Persian, such as Al-Khwarismi, Omar Khayyam and Sharaf al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī. During the early modern period, mathematics began to develop at an accelerating pace in Western Europe.
The development of calculus by Newton and Leibniz in the 17th century revolutionized mathematics. Leonhard Euler was the most notable mathematician of the 18th century, contributing numerous theorems and discoveries; the foremost mathematician of the 19th century was the German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, who made numerous contributions to fields such as algebra, differential geometry, matrix theory, number theory, statistics. In the early 20th century, Kurt Gödel transformed mathematics by publishing his incompleteness theorems, which show that any axiomatic system, consistent will contain unprovable propositions. Mathematics has since been extended, there has been a fruitful interaction between mathematics and science, to
A complex number is a number that can be expressed in the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers, i is a solution of the equation x2 = −1. Because no real number satisfies this equation, i is called an imaginary number. For the complex number a + bi, a is called the real part, b is called the imaginary part. Despite the historical nomenclature "imaginary", complex numbers are regarded in the mathematical sciences as just as "real" as the real numbers, are fundamental in many aspects of the scientific description of the natural world. Complex numbers allow solutions to certain equations. For example, the equation 2 = − 9 has no real solution, since the square of a real number cannot be negative. Complex numbers provide a solution to this problem; the idea is to extend the real numbers with an indeterminate i, taken to satisfy the relation i2 = −1, so that solutions to equations like the preceding one can be found. In this case the solutions are −1 + 3i and −1 − 3i, as can be verified using the fact that i2 = −1: 2 = 2 = = 9 = − 9, 2 = 2 = 2 = 9 = − 9.
According to the fundamental theorem of algebra, all polynomial equations with real or complex coefficients in a single variable have a solution in complex numbers. In contrast, some polynomial equations with real coefficients have no solution in real numbers; the 16th century Italian mathematician Gerolamo Cardano is credited with introducing complex numbers in his attempts to find solutions to cubic equations. Formally, the complex number system can be defined as the algebraic extension of the ordinary real numbers by an imaginary number i; this means that complex numbers can be added and multiplied, as polynomials in the variable i, with the rule i2 = −1 imposed. Furthermore, complex numbers can be divided by nonzero complex numbers. Overall, the complex number system is a field. Geometrically, complex numbers extend the concept of the one-dimensional number line to the two-dimensional complex plane by using the horizontal axis for the real part and the vertical axis for the imaginary part.
The complex number a + bi can be identified with the point in the complex plane. A complex number whose real part is zero is said to be purely imaginary. A complex number whose imaginary part is zero can be viewed as a real number. Complex numbers can be represented in polar form, which associates each complex number with its distance from the origin and with a particular angle known as the argument of this complex number; the geometric identification of the complex numbers with the complex plane, a Euclidean plane, makes their structure as a real 2-dimensional vector space evident. Real and imaginary parts of a complex number may be taken as components of a vector with respect to the canonical standard basis; the addition of complex numbers is thus depicted as the usual component-wise addition of vectors. However, the complex numbers allow for a richer algebraic structure, comprising additional operations, that are not available in a vector space. Based on the concept of real numbers, a complex number is a number of the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is an indeterminate satisfying i2 = −1.
For example, 2 + 3i is a complex number. This way, a complex number is defined as a polynomial with real coefficients in the single indeterminate i, for which the relation i2 + 1 = 0 is imposed. Based on this definition, complex numbers can be added and multiplied, using the addition and multiplication for polynomials; the relation i2 + 1 = 0 induces the equalities i4k = 1, i4k+1 = i, i4k+2 = −1, i4k+3 = −i, which hold for all integers k. The real number a is called the real part of the complex number a + bi. To emphasize, the imaginary part does not include a factor i and b, not bi, is the imaginary part. Formally, the complex numbers are defined as the quotient ring of the polynomia
Euclid, sometimes called Euclid of Alexandria to distinguish him from Euclid of Megara, was a Greek mathematician referred to as the "founder of geometry" or the "father of geometry". He was active in Alexandria during the reign of Ptolemy I, his Elements is one of the most influential works in the history of mathematics, serving as the main textbook for teaching mathematics from the time of its publication until the late 19th or early 20th century. In the Elements, Euclid deduced the theorems of what is now called Euclidean geometry from a small set of axioms. Euclid wrote works on perspective, conic sections, spherical geometry, number theory, mathematical rigour; the English name Euclid is the anglicized version of the Greek name Εὐκλείδης, which means "renowned, glorious". Few original references to Euclid survive, so little is known about his life, he was born c. 325 BC, although the place and circumstances of both his birth and death are unknown and may only be estimated relative to other people mentioned with him.
He is mentioned by name by other Greek mathematicians from Archimedes onward, is referred to as "ὁ στοιχειώτης". The few historical references to Euclid were written by Proclus c. 450 AD, centuries after Euclid lived. A detailed biography of Euclid is given by Arabian authors, for example, a birth town of Tyre; this biography is believed to be fictitious. If he came from Alexandria, he would have known the Serapeum of Alexandria, the Library of Alexandria, may have worked there during his time. Euclid's arrival in Alexandria came about ten years after its founding by Alexander the Great, which means he arrived c. 322 BC. Proclus introduces Euclid only in his Commentary on the Elements. According to Proclus, Euclid belonged to Plato's "persuasion" and brought together the Elements, drawing on prior work of Eudoxus of Cnidus and of several pupils of Plato Proclus believes that Euclid is not much younger than these, that he must have lived during the time of Ptolemy I because he was mentioned by Archimedes.
Although the apparent citation of Euclid by Archimedes has been judged to be an interpolation by editors of his works, it is still believed that Euclid wrote his works before Archimedes wrote his. Proclus retells a story that, when Ptolemy I asked if there was a shorter path to learning geometry than Euclid's Elements, "Euclid replied there is no royal road to geometry." This anecdote is questionable since it is similar to a story told about Menaechmus and Alexander the Great. Euclid died c. 270 BC in Alexandria. In the only other key reference to Euclid, Pappus of Alexandria mentioned that Apollonius "spent a long time with the pupils of Euclid at Alexandria, it was thus that he acquired such a scientific habit of thought" c. 247–222 BC. Because the lack of biographical information is unusual for the period, some researchers have proposed that Euclid was not a historical personage, that his works were written by a team of mathematicians who took the name Euclid from Euclid of Megara. However, this hypothesis is not well accepted by scholars and there is little evidence in its favor.
Although many of the results in Elements originated with earlier mathematicians, one of Euclid's accomplishments was to present them in a single, logically coherent framework, making it easy to use and easy to reference, including a system of rigorous mathematical proofs that remains the basis of mathematics 23 centuries later. There is no mention of Euclid in the earliest remaining copies of the Elements, most of the copies say they are "from the edition of Theon" or the "lectures of Theon", while the text considered to be primary, held by the Vatican, mentions no author; the only reference that historians rely on of Euclid having written the Elements was from Proclus, who in his Commentary on the Elements ascribes Euclid as its author. Although best known for its geometric results, the Elements includes number theory, it considers the connection between perfect numbers and Mersenne primes, the infinitude of prime numbers, Euclid's lemma on factorization, the Euclidean algorithm for finding the greatest common divisor of two numbers.
The geometrical system described in the Elements was long known as geometry, was considered to be the only geometry possible. Today, that system is referred to as Euclidean geometry to distinguish it from other so-called non-Euclidean geometries that mathematicians discovered in the 19th century; the Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 29 is a fragment of the second book of the Elements of Euclid, unearthed by Grenfell and Hunt 1897 in Oxyrhynchus. More recent scholarship suggests a date of 75–125 AD; the classic translation of T. L. Heath, reads: If a straight line be cut into equal and unequal segments, the rectangle contained by the unequal segments of the whole together with the square on the straight line between the points of section is equal to the square on the half. In addition to the Elements, at least five works of Euclid have survived to the present day, they follow the same logical structure with definitions and proved propositions. Data deals with the nature and implications of "given" information in geometrical problems.
In mathematics, a ring is one of the fundamental algebraic structures used in abstract algebra. It consists of a set equipped with two binary operations that generalize the arithmetic operations of addition and multiplication. Through this generalization, theorems from arithmetic are extended to non-numerical objects such as polynomials, series and functions. A ring is an abelian group with a second binary operation, associative, is distributive over the abelian group operation, has an identity element. By extension from the integers, the abelian group operation is called addition and the second binary operation is called multiplication. Whether a ring is commutative or not has profound implications on its behavior as an abstract object; as a result, commutative ring theory known as commutative algebra, is a key topic in ring theory. Its development has been influenced by problems and ideas occurring in algebraic number theory and algebraic geometry. Examples of commutative rings include the set of integers equipped with the addition and multiplication operations, the set of polynomials equipped with their addition and multiplication, the coordinate ring of an affine algebraic variety, the ring of integers of a number field.
Examples of noncommutative rings include the ring of n × n real square matrices with n ≥ 2, group rings in representation theory, operator algebras in functional analysis, rings of differential operators in the theory of differential operators, the cohomology ring of a topological space in topology. The conceptualization of rings was completed in the 1920s. Key contributors include Dedekind, Hilbert and Noether. Rings were first formalized as a generalization of Dedekind domains that occur in number theory, of polynomial rings and rings of invariants that occur in algebraic geometry and invariant theory. Afterward, they proved to be useful in other branches of mathematics such as geometry and mathematical analysis; the most familiar example of a ring is the set of all integers, Z, consisting of the numbers …, −5, −4, −3, −2, −1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, …The familiar properties for addition and multiplication of integers serve as a model for the axioms for rings. A ring is a set R equipped with two binary operations + and · satisfying the following three sets of axioms, called the ring axioms R is an abelian group under addition, meaning that: + c = a + for all a, b, c in R. a + b = b + a for all a, b in R.
There is an element 0 in R such that a + 0 = a for all a in R. For each a in R there exists −a in R such that a + = 0. R is a monoid under multiplication, meaning that: · c = a · for all a, b, c in R. There is an element 1 in R such that a · 1 = a and 1 · a = a for all a in R. Multiplication is distributive with respect to addition, meaning that: a ⋅ = + for all a, b, c in R. · a = + for all a, b, c in R. As explained in § History below, many authors follow an alternative convention in which a ring is not defined to have a multiplicative identity; this article adopts the convention that, unless otherwise stated, a ring is assumed to have such an identity. A structure satisfying all the axioms except the requirement that there exists a multiplicative identity element is called a rng. For example, the set of integers with the usual + and ⋅ is a rng, but not a ring; the operations + and ⋅ are called multiplication, respectively. The multiplication symbol ⋅ is omitted, so the juxtaposition of ring elements is interpreted as multiplication.
For example, xy means x ⋅ y. Although ring addition is commutative, ring multiplication is not required to be commutative: ab need not equal ba. Rings that satisfy commutativity for multiplication are called commutative rings. Books on commutative algebra or algebraic geometry adopt the convention that ring means commutative ring, to simplify terminology. In a ring, multiplication does not have to have an inverse. A commutative ring such; the additive group of a ring is the ring equipped just with the structure of addition. Although the definition assumes that the additive group is abelian, this can be inferred from the other ring axioms; some basic properties of a ring follow from the axioms: The additive identity, the additive inverse of each element, the multiplicative identity are unique. For any element x in a ring R, one has x0 = 0 = 0x and x = –x. If 0 = 1 in a ring R R has only one element, is called the zero ring; the binomial formula holds for any commuting pair of elements. Equip the set Z 4 = with the following operat
The Elements is a mathematical treatise consisting of 13 books attributed to the ancient Greek mathematician Euclid in Alexandria, Ptolemaic Egypt c. 300 BC. It is a collection of definitions, postulates and mathematical proofs of the propositions; the books cover plane and solid Euclidean geometry, elementary number theory, incommensurable lines. Elements is the oldest extant large-scale deductive treatment of mathematics, it has proven instrumental in the development of logic and modern science, its logical rigor was not surpassed until the 19th century. Euclid's Elements has been referred to as the most successful and influential textbook written, it was one of the earliest mathematical works to be printed after the invention of the printing press and has been estimated to be second only to the Bible in the number of editions published since the first printing in 1482, with the number reaching well over one thousand. For centuries, when the quadrivium was included in the curriculum of all university students, knowledge of at least part of Euclid's Elements was required of all students.
Not until the 20th century, by which time its content was universally taught through other school textbooks, did it cease to be considered something all educated people had read. Scholars believe that the Elements is a compilation of propositions based on books by earlier Greek mathematicians. Proclus, a Greek mathematician who lived around seven centuries after Euclid, wrote in his commentary on the Elements: "Euclid, who put together the Elements, collecting many of Eudoxus' theorems, perfecting many of Theaetetus', bringing to irrefragable demonstration the things which were only somewhat loosely proved by his predecessors". Pythagoras was the source for most of books I and II, Hippocrates of Chios for book III, Eudoxus of Cnidus for book V, while books IV, VI, XI, XII came from other Pythagorean or Athenian mathematicians; the Elements may have been based on an earlier textbook by Hippocrates of Chios, who may have originated the use of letters to refer to figures. In the fourth century AD, Theon of Alexandria produced an edition of Euclid, so used that it became the only surviving source until François Peyrard's 1808 discovery at the Vatican of a manuscript not derived from Theon's.
This manuscript, the Heiberg manuscript, is from a Byzantine workshop around 900 and is the basis of modern editions. Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 29 is a tiny fragment of an older manuscript, but only contains the statement of one proposition. Although known to, for instance, Cicero, no record exists of the text having been translated into Latin prior to Boethius in the fifth or sixth century; the Arabs received the Elements from the Byzantines around 760. 800. The Byzantine scholar Arethas commissioned the copying of one of the extant Greek manuscripts of Euclid in the late ninth century. Although known in Byzantium, the Elements was lost to Western Europe until about 1120, when the English monk Adelard of Bath translated it into Latin from an Arabic translation; the first printed edition appeared in 1482, since it has been translated into many languages and published in about a thousand different editions. Theon's Greek edition was recovered in 1533. In 1570, John Dee provided a respected "Mathematical Preface", along with copious notes and supplementary material, to the first English edition by Henry Billingsley.
Copies of the Greek text still exist, some of which can be found in the Vatican Library and the Bodleian Library in Oxford. The manuscripts available are of variable quality, invariably incomplete. By careful analysis of the translations and originals, hypotheses have been made about the contents of the original text. Ancient texts which refer to the Elements itself, to other mathematical theories that were current at the time it was written, are important in this process; such analyses are conducted by J. L. Heiberg and Sir Thomas Little Heath in their editions of the text. Of importance are the scholia, or annotations to the text; these additions, which distinguished themselves from the main text accumulated over time as opinions varied upon what was worthy of explanation or further study. The Elements is still considered a masterpiece in the application of logic to mathematics. In historical context, it has proven enormously influential in many areas of science. Scientists Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei, Sir Isaac Newton were all influenced by the Elements, applied their knowledge of it to their work.
Mathematicians and philosophers, such as Thomas Hobbes, Baruch Spinoza, Alfred North Whitehead, Bertrand Russell, have attempted to create their own foundational "Elements" for their respective disciplines, by adopting the axiomatized deductive structures that Euclid's work introduced. The austere beauty of Euclidean geometry has been seen by many in western culture as a glimpse of an otherworldly system of perfection and certainty. Abraham Lincoln kept a copy of Euclid in his saddlebag, studied it late at night by lamplight. Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote in her sonnet "Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare", "O
In mathematics, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. The figure on the right illustrates the geometric relationship. Expressed algebraically, for quantities a and b with a > b > 0, a + b a = a b = def φ, where the Greek letter phi represents the golden ratio. It is an irrational number, a solution to the quadratic equation x 2 − x − 1 = 0, with a value of: φ = 1 + 5 2 = 1.6180339887 …. The golden ratio is called the golden mean or golden section. Other names include extreme and mean ratio, medial section, divine proportion, divine section, golden proportion, golden cut, golden number. Mathematicians since Euclid have studied the properties of the golden ratio, including its appearance in the dimensions of a regular pentagon and in a golden rectangle, which may be cut into a square and a smaller rectangle with the same aspect ratio; the golden ratio has been used to analyze the proportions of natural objects as well as man-made systems such as financial markets, in some cases based on dubious fits to data.
The golden ratio appears in some patterns in nature, including the spiral arrangement of leaves and other plant parts. Some twentieth-century artists and architects, including Le Corbusier and Salvador Dalí, have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio—especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio—believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing. Two quantities a and b are said to be in the golden ratio φ if a + b a = a b = φ. One method for finding the value of φ is to start with the left fraction. Through simplifying the fraction and substituting in b/a = 1/φ, a + b a = a a + b a = 1 + b a = 1 + 1 φ. Therefore, 1 + 1 φ = φ. Multiplying by φ gives φ + 1 = φ 2 which can be rearranged to φ 2 − φ − 1 = 0. Using the quadratic formula, two solutions are obtained: 1 + 5 2 = 1.618 033 988 7 … and 1 − 5 2 = − 0.618 033 988 7 … Because φ is the ratio between positive quantities, φ is positive: φ = 1 + 5 2 = 1.61803 39887 … The golden ratio has been claimed to have held a special fascination for at least 2,400 years, although without reliable evidence.
According to Mario Livio: Some of the greatest mathematical minds of all ages, from Pythagoras and Euclid in ancient Greece, through the medieval Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa and the Renaissance astronomer Johannes Kepler, to present-day scientific figures such as Oxford physicist Roger Penrose, have spent endless hours over this simple ratio and its properties. But the fascination with the Golden Ratio is not confined just to mathematicians. Biologists, musicians, architects and mystics have pondered and debated the basis of its ubiquity and appeal. In fact, it is fair to say that the Golden Ratio has inspired thinkers of all disciplines like no other number in the history of mathematics. Ancient Greek mathematicians first studied what we now call the golden ratio because of its frequent appearance in geometry. According to one story, 5th-century BC mathematician Hippasus discovered that the golden ratio was neither a whole number nor a fraction, surprising Pythagoreans. Euclid's Elements provides several propositions and their proofs employing the golden ratio and contains the first known definition: A straight line is said to have been cut in extreme and mean ratio when, as the whole line is to the greater segment, so is the greater to the lesser.
The golden ratio was studied peripherally over the next millennium. Abu Kamil employed it in his geometric calculati