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## Who really invented math?

Beginning in the 6th century BC with the Pythagoreans, with Greek mathematics **the Ancient Greeks** began a systematic study of mathematics as a subject in its own right. Around 300 BC, Euclid introduced the axiomatic method still used in mathematics today, consisting of definition, axiom, theorem, and proof.

## Who invented the symbol of addition?

The first official evidence of addition is that **Egyptians and Babylonians** used it in 2000 B.C. The symbols of addition and subtraction were invented around the 16^{th} century, but before that, the equations were written in words, making it really time-consuming to solve the problems.

## What was the first math symbol?

The origins

The first mathematical symbols were signs for the depiction of numbers — **ciphers**, the appearance of which apparently preceded the introduction of written language. The most ancient systems of numbering (see Numbers, representations of) — the Babylonian and the Egyptian — date back to around 3500 B.C..

## What are the symbols of mathematics?

Basic Mathematical Symbols With Name, Meaning and Examples

Symbol | Symbol Name in Maths | Math Symbols Meaning |
---|---|---|

± | plus – minus | both plus and minus operations |

× | times sign | multiplication |

* | asterisk | multiplication |

÷ | division sign / obelus | division |

## What are () called in English?

They can also be used in mathematical expressions. For example, 2{1+[23-3]}=x. **Parentheses** ( () ) are curved notations used to contain further thoughts or qualifying remarks. However, parentheses can be replaced by commas without changing the meaning in most cases.

## What does +/- mean in math?

(mathematics) The symbol ±, meaning “plus or minus”, used to indicate the precision of an approximation (as in “The result is 10 ± 0.3”, meaning the result is somewhere between 10 – 0.3, that is, 9.7, and 10 + 0.3, that is, 10.3), or as a **convenient shorthand for a quantity with two possible values of opposing sign and** …