Why did the need for mathematics arise?

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Chapter The History of Mathematics

The reasons humans developed mathematics are the same reasons we use math in our own modern lives: People needed to count items, keep track of the seasons, understand when to plant. Math may even have developed for religious reasons, such as recording or predicting natural and/or celestial phenomena. For example, in ancient Egypt, flooding of the Nile River would wash away all landmarks and markers. In order to keep track of people’s lands after the floods, a way to measure the Earth had to be invented. The Greeks took many of the Egyptian measurement ideas even further, creating mathematical methods such as algebra and trigonometry.


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