- Nov 4, 2009
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The concept of mathematics as a language is somewhat familiar to me, as I am sure it is to most of you. I recently engaged in a debate with my English teacher, who laughed when I listed mathematics as a language that we knew of. Usually, I would not have pressed the subject further, but this was for points on a test, so I was naturally inclined to argue my point. This got me to thinking, however, on if mathematics really is a language. One of the key points that my teacher made in her stance on the subject is that you cannot convey emotion through mathematics. On the spot, I could not think of an instance where mathematics conveys emotion, so I was forced to concede my point. When I say emotion, I do not mean a specific feeling; I mean something similar to how a song can seem upbeat or sad depending on its pitch and tempo. I still think that mathematics is a language, since you can convey ideas with it, but I am curious as to what others think.