This post on the Explain Like I’m Five sub-Reddit asks the basic, but surprisingly complex question “What is Math?”
I remember sitting in eleventh grade math class and wondering the same thing. As we dove into polynomial equations I tried to get my teacher to explain exactly what math is – as in, is it real? Does nature really function according to mathematical theorems, or is it just a framework that we impose upon the world to understand it?
In other words, is math a creation or a discovery?