The simplist concept in mathematics

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What is the simplist concept in mathematics?
 
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HallsofIvy

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One can always get an argument between set theorists and logicians as to whether Set theory is based on logic or logic is based on set theory.

That is why I would say the simplist concept is either "set" or "True-False".
 
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Logic/illogic?
 
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um id pick addition as the simplest. your 4 basic functions (addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication) are all different forms of adding. subtraction is adding a negative number, multiplicatin is adding a number a certain about of times, and division is the inverse of multiplication. all functions can be done this way so my choice is addition.
 
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multiplying by 0
 
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Originally posted by brum
multiplying by 0
I would actually say that deviding by Zero involves a lot less working out!
 
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i believe he said concept not function, i would agree multiplying by 0 is easiest function, but i like my answer better.
 
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Our ability to recognize and associate between opposite concepts,
in my opinion this is the heart of Math language.
 

Unit_Zer0

that there is only 1 correct answer to a given problem.
 
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unit zero there are not always only 1 answer to a problem. for instance sqrt(9) could be either -3 or 3 couldnt it?
 
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No! sqrt(9) is always 3. Maybe you're confused with the equation x^2=9, which indeed has solutions x=3 and x=-3.

In answer to the original question: I'd say that 1 (or the n x n Itentity matrix) would be the simplest concept available...
 
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StarkyDee

1 or 0, something or nothing..binary
 

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