January 19, 2010

Mathematics vs Philosophy

It might be interesting for you to know that certain reasoning and deductive inferences of maths have in reality been extracted from the field of philosophy. Infact the entire section of 'Theorems' have been derived from philosophy.

A simple example would be as follows:

Prime Numbers are divisible only by 1 or by themselves. (In philosophy this would be Premise 1).
And 7 is divisible only by 1 and 7. (In philosophy this would be Premise 2).
Hence 7 is a prime number. (In philosophy we call it 'Conclusion'.)

Various other formulas involving Union (U) and Intersect are also derivations of Philosophy.

Various early philosophers have also contributed in the filed of trigonometry as well (most famous is Pythagoras).