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Do all cultures (or societies) regard math equally?

Why is it that mathematics is considered to be of different value in different cultures?

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    Oct 12 2013: from the first can we believe that the truth it's an absolute relativity?
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    Oct 11 2013: the basic knowledge of maths over the world is absolute ,but if we add the factor of culture like for example 1=3 in christianism or 1+1=1 in poesy ,we will conclude that the truth is relative and if we considering the relativity like maxim we can eagle-eyed from it that the relativity is absolute.
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    Oct 10 2013: Considering math as one of the subjects, the value of it may not equal in all societies. However, as a concept, I think it is equal all around the world.
  • Oct 10 2013: I doubt it. In a modern technological society driven by scientific innovation you most definitely require mathematics, often quite advanced mathematics. I don't necessarily mean advanced pure mathematics but rather advanced techniques to solve difficult problems of all kinds, especially in industry where the use of numerical simulations to artificially model a complex process is done a great deal. This saves money and also avoids having to do possibly dangerous experiments for example.

    But in many cultures which don't rely on maths to such a degree only the basics of arithmetic are needed. For exampl, even in countries such as china or India most people are still poor people working the fields in the country or other jobs which have little to do with mathematics. These people may require say accounting skills when tallying up produce etc but nothing advanced. However, maths still plays a role and matters but not to the same degree.

    In the few remaining native cultures where people still live a less industrial life e.g. the bushmen of Botswana or the pygmies of the Congo or some remaining amazon tribes the ability to count matters and to some degree a need to keep a tally matters.
  • Oct 10 2013: I think we have to be careful. The value of math may vary on location, population (i.e. Los Alamos where number of parents with post graduate degrees is quite high) and age.
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    Oct 10 2013: In China, parents put a heavy stress on math learning , they let their children learn Olympic math after class from a little age. Although it has changed that if you can get awards in Olympic math competitions, you can get extra points added to the score of the entrance exam to middle school,a lot of parents still consider math important for their children's future and keep them learning it..
  • Oct 9 2013: How highly a culture values a subject usually boils down to two factors: historic influence and employability. If you have a history of great mathematic traditions or if having math skills gives you higher job pay/guarntee then your culture will appreciate it more.
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    Oct 9 2013: Mathematics is the same all over the world, and the understanding of its basics is the same.
    That is why 1 + 1 = 2 all over the world; this makes international trade and negotiations possible. A circle can not be called a pyramid, a cylinder can not be called a sphere. And so on.

    Cultures may differ on the relevance and applications of the complex and seemingly less practical aspects. But basically, mathematics is a global language.