Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | December 15, 2010

Definition of Mathematics, according to Confederation of British Industry

From CBI’s brief  Making it all add up: Business priorities for numeracy and maths:

What is mathematics?

A developing language for description, deduction, verification and calculation – more a set of tools than a specific learned skill.

Any comments?


  1. A little more utilitarian than Bertrand Russell’s

    “mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.”

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