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The simplist concept in mathematics

  1. Nov 16, 2003 #1
    What is the simplist concept in mathematics?
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  4. Nov 16, 2003 #3


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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".
  5. Nov 17, 2003 #4
  6. Nov 20, 2003 #5
    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.
  7. Nov 20, 2003 #6
    multiplying by 0
  8. Nov 20, 2003 #7
    I would actually say that deviding by Zero involves a lot less working out!
  9. Nov 21, 2003 #8
    i believe he said concept not function, i would agree multiplying by 0 is easiest function, but i like my answer better.
  10. Nov 22, 2003 #9
    Our ability to recognize and associate between opposite concepts,
    in my opinion this is the heart of Math language.
  11. Nov 22, 2003 #10
    that there is only 1 correct answer to a given problem.
  12. Nov 23, 2003 #11
    unit zero there are not always only 1 answer to a problem. for instance sqrt(9) could be either -3 or 3 couldnt it?
  13. Nov 26, 2003 #12
    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...
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2003
  14. Nov 28, 2003 #13
    1 or 0, something or nothing..binary
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