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Is all Math nothing more than addition?

  1. Mar 25, 2013 #1
    "Nothing more" makes it sound bad.

    Do you think that all math is based on addition and subtraction?
    For example multiplication is a method for repetitive addition, is all math in a form or another just a more complicated way to use addition/subtraction?
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  3. Mar 25, 2013 #2
    Take the error function. I suppose with a crazy complicated algorithm it's possible to approximate it with addition, but it's definitely not based off of addition. Well, sort of, it's generally defined as an integral. But ... you know what I mean.
  4. Mar 25, 2013 #3
    If i knew what you meant i wouldn't been posting this thread.
  5. Mar 25, 2013 #4
    We discussed this kind of thing many times on this forum. Thread locked.
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