An error in mathematical calculation leads to big mistakes

An error in mathematical calculation leads to big mistakes. Mathematics is essential in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine, finance and the social sciences. Applied mathematics has led to entirely new mathematical disciplines, such as statistics and game theory.

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The history of mathematics can be seen as an ever-increasing series of abstractions. The first abstraction, which is shared by many animals,[17] was probably that of numbers: the realization that a collection of two apples and a collection of two oranges (for example) have something in common, namely quantity of their members




Evidence for more complex mathematics does not appear until around 3000 BC, when the Babylonians and Egyptians began using arithmetic, algebra and geometry for taxation and other financial calculations, for building and construction, and for astronomy.[19] The earliest uses of mathematics were in trading, land measurement, painting and weaving patterns and the recording of time.
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