Even as there continues to be a push for a One World Society which would result in every country using the same currency, sharing the same or very similar beliefs and speaking one language, most people probably don’t realize the universal language has already been developed. It is mathematics.
Mathematics as a language? Absolutely! Good math teachers understand the importance of teaching that language to better ensure the success of their students. How does that translate into a universal language? Keep reading.
We know there are thousands of languages in today’s world. Different countries have their own languages. Some countries may have several languages within their border that are so different it would take a translator to help people who speak the different languages communicate.
Throughout history every individual group of people developed their own language. The advent of modern transportation, high tech mobile phones and the Internet has enabled people all over the world to talk to each other. Perhaps that will lead to a common language one day.
But I digress. It’s been stated here that math is already a universal language. Let’s examine why.
You are already familiar with Roman numerals and Arabic numbers. Certainly people in other countries use different symbols for numbers than the other. It seems a contradiction is being created here, doesn’t it? Fear not.
The principles and foundations of mathematics are the same everywhere around the world. Ten plus ten equals twenty whether you write it in Arabic numbers (10 + 10 = 20) or in Roman numerals (X + X = XX). The concept of 20 items is the same regardless of where in the world you may be.
Let’s look at geometry. A circle is a circle is a circle no matter where you find one. Further, its circumference will always be calculated the same way no matter where it is done. The same holds true for measurements involving any geometric figure.
True, the United States and the United Kingdom use the standard units of measurement (inches, feet) while the rest of Europe uses the metric system (centimeters, meters). However, the concept of measurement is the same everywhere. Contractors in all countries must use measurements to build any structure. The same equations must be used to properly measure sections of the structures whether they are square, rectangular or circular in design.
The principles of probability are the same everywhere. While the chance of rain in Africa’s tropical rain forest may be greater than the chance of rain in the Sahara Desert, the ratios are set up the same way. Families around the world have different genetics but the probability of passing on certain genes to their children follows the same mathematical formula.
Surely you can visit other countries to soak up new scenery, new foods, new languages and new cultures. While traveling, you will likely be struck by the huge cultural diversity there is in our world.
No matter how different you find things when you travel outside the United States, there is one thing upon which you can depend – the language of math will be universal.