Just to humor myself I looked up the defintion of math on dictionary.com, this is what is says:

Mathematics [math-

*uh*-**mat**-iks]: the systematic treatment of magnitude, relationships between figures and forms, and realtions between quantities expressed symbolically.Woah. That is mouthful, and I don't think it gets me any closer to an explantion of math. So here goes my own interpration of math.

I believe that math is our human desire to give order and regularity to the world. Humans love to have an answer and reason for why things happen and I think that math is a logical way to do that. For explain, how did people discover that we can model tidal changes using trigonometry? Honestly, I don't have the answer, but my guess is that someone wanted a way to predict the height of the tide and to do that they had to find a pattern. Once they found that pattern or "rule" they could then apply that to predict tides in different places. So I guess what I am trying to get at is that I think math is about trying to find universal patterns that we can apply to infinite situations or problems.

So in honor of the complexity of math-

*uh*-**mat**-iks here are five of my favorite math milestones:1. Euler's Identity (I swear this is the closest thing the real world has to magic.)

2. Euclid's

*Elements*3. Pythagorean Theorem

4. Blaise Pascal's invention of the mechanical calculator

5. The Seven Bridges of Konigsberg problem

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