What is Math and Why Does it Work?

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?

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