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Many believe that mathematics is one of the most beautiful creations of humankind, second only to music. The word creation, however, may be disputed. Have humans created something called mathematics? Then how is it that we increasingly discover that the world, and indeed the universe around us, obey one or another mathematical law? Perhaps to the faithful, the answer is clear: A higher power is the greatest mathematician of all. A worldly answer may be that humans discovered, rather than created, mathematics. Thus, wherever we look, we see mathematical laws at work. Whether humans created mathematics and it just so happened that the world seems to be mathematical, or the universe is a giant math problem and human beings are discovering it, we cannot deny that mathematics is extremely useful in every branch of science and technology, and even in everyday life. Without math, most likely we would be still living in caves. But what is mathematics? And why are so many afraid of it?
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