Is software "only Mathematics" and therefore not patentable ? There are arguments in some circlues, that the programs in computers are simply mathematical algorithms, and as such (being "only" math) they should _NOT_ be subject to patents. Thier argument is "you cant patent an equation" and software is only "math" (computers after all "compute". My counter argument, is that if you want to call software just maths, then you should call everything "just math" I argue that everything can be broken down into equations. I have trouble making a clear argument, but I try to say that Math is a scientific endevour and programming or software is the result of engineering, engineering is the application of math, experience, and knowledge and intelligence and working out how to resolve the engineering problem. Math, is a scientific endevour, and programming is the application of science, and math. I try to say math is a pure and universal language, that you could use as a medium of communications with alians or someone of a different language. This would not be possible with a computer program, as it requires an intimate knowledge of the states and functions of the target machine. What's your opinion ? How would you develop a "case" that software is math, or how would you form a case that software is NOT "just math"?