Monday, March 17, 2014

Why Aren't Counting Numbers Enough

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.