My goal with this blog is review the evolution of mathematics from a conceptual perspective. For most people, through out their lives, all they seem to need are counting numbers. By counting numbers, I mean a finite set of whole numbers that can be organized as simple decimals, fractions, or approximations. I'm talking about the numbers that can be handled on a nonscientific calculator. So, why do we need anything beyond counting numbers? I will answer this question by detailing the problems and discoveries that led mathematicians to go beyond the counting numbers.

I should also point out that I am not a mathematician. By profession, I am a software development manager. My interest in mathematics stems from my fascination with patterns and my love of history.