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Mathematics: Invented or Discovered?

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Mario Livio discusses the complementary processes of mathematical invention and discovery. While we invent some mathematical concepts—such as prime and imaginary numbers—by deciding how to define them, these concepts can lead to a plethora of mathematical discoveries.

This program is part of The Big Idea Series, made possible with support from the John Templeton Foundation.

Image courtesy of Robert Scarth; Recorded June 2010; Posted October 2010

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