As a ‘language of natural sciences’ ever since antiquity, mathematics has always been a central tool for explaining and understanding the world. It has helped to investigate the structure of the universe. Knowledge obtained through mathematics has not only led to progress in natural sciences, but to subsequent significant cultural-historical achievements that have changed everyday life. Merchants, for instance, required mathematical knowledge for counting and calculating, but it was also important for measuring time, which gradually began to govern people’s daily lives throughout the year, or for cartography, the art of creating maps of the earth and heavens, which established the basis for the conquest of our planet.
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