Can you prove that numbers exist?
- RaymondLv 75 months ago
They are a construct. They were designed by humans to help us understand things.
You can turn to some page in a mathematics book and find things known as numbers, along with their definition and meaning.
- KrishnamurthyLv 75 months ago
The number is a word or symbol (such as “five” or “16”) that represents a specific amount or quantity.
- 5 months ago
Numbers are symbols (with names) used with the part of language which describes quantities.
- Tom SLv 75 months ago
Only as abstract concepts.
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- Ian HLv 75 months ago
In physical terms you can have 5 bananas or 5 coins but I cannot put 5 in your hand.
The number 5 is the idea or concept that measures the number of bananas or coins or of anything.
Number concepts do exist, but in our minds; there are lots of things that exist without them being
physical. We can then use numbers to estimate or calculate amounts of actual things.
Other abstract concepts do similarly exist.Think of holidays or emotions or kindness or creativity.
If you can count, then numbers exist for you. They mean less to a butterfly.
- DixonLv 75 months ago
They don't tangibly or physically exist. They are an idea or mental process that some animals have evolved to help live in the real world. Humans have just developed the idea much further.
- Anonymous5 months ago
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- 5 months ago
Explain, without math, how you were able to ask your question to a complete stranger who may be on the opposite side of the world at this very moment.
- NormanLv 75 months ago
I can prove number twos exist.