Science, literature, and history all come from concrete examples that we observe in the universe. There organisms, planets, and physical books to analyze. History is the record of things that actually happened. But math doesn’t tangibly exist in the world around us.

What do I mean? Well, you cannot go out and find the Pythagorean theorem or even the number 2. You can find situations where these mathematical concepts are applied, but you cannot find the actual principle. This has sparked a debate about math that is nonexistent for other subjects.

Where did math come from?

There are two main theories to answer this question. First, some say that math was invented by humans. It exists only in our minds. We created numbers and theorems and then project them onto the universe. There is no number 2, only the concept of 2 that all humans agree upon.

The second theory is that math is embedded in the universe around us, the principals of mathematics are a part of the fabric of our world. Humans didn’t invent these principals, we discover them as we explore our world.

As a Christian, what you believe about math is shaped by what you believe about God and the world. I’ll share some articles and videos on this subject soon but it is worth puzzling over for yourself for a moment. Was it invented or discovered? What do you think?