# The History of Math

Have you ever wondered about math? Why it’s useful and why you need to learn it? Where it came from? Math is a way to upgrade our brains and it makes us smarter. We can learn alot from math and other subjects. Without math the world wouldn’t be the world it is today, and that means nothing like video games, computers, tablets, and other things you might love. Imagine your life without things like video games and tv, does that sounds good?

Math was created in the 6th century BC by the Sumerians. The Sumerians inhabited the land of Southern Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The Tigris was 1250 miles (2000 kilometers) long. Each Sumerian city-state was independent and ruled by its own Lugal (king). Each city had fine public buildings including some temples that had a huge tower guarding it. The Sumerians used math to measure land, tax individuals, chart the sky, and even to develop an lunar calendar! So…math was invented 2500-2600 years ago in the 6th century by the Sumerians in Southern Mesopotamia!

There are many famous mathematicians in history, but I’m gonna tell you about Carl Friedrich Gauss, one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. He was born in April 30,1777 in Brunswick, Germany. A popular story about this mathematical genius is like this:

One day his elementary school teacher asked the class 1+2+3+4+5+6+7…+98+99+100 and surprisingly, Gauss found the answer. He did 1+100, 2+99, 3+98,4+97 and each number sentence equaled 101. Since there was 50 pairs, he multiplied 50 by 101 which equals 5050. Gauss died in February 23, 1855 from a heart attack.

Math challenges your brain and helps us to think better. We develop our reasoning abilities. Reasoning skills are important because they help us solve problems and look for solutions. Every career uses some sort of math. More importantly, doing math helps the mind organize complicated problems into clear, simple, and logical steps. Math has a huge affect on all of our lives. Math helps us do every day tasks like cooking , cleaning, and shopping. Math helps us complete these tasks without completely messing it up. For example, you need math for cooking because you need to measure things such as cups of flour. In a classroom where students speak to each other about mathematics, the ideas of those students are valued. It also allows students learn to new ways to understand the world.

Without math, Earth wouldn’t be how it is today. When math was invented, it was used to help with things that might have usually took a long time to do. Mathematicians invented new ways to do math and teach other people these ways. It took math for a lot of things to be made like video games, computers, TV, and a whole lot more. Since math helps us so much, it’s very important we learn more about math. Math workbooks, math classes, and learning math at young ages can all help us learn more about math. If we learn alot about math in the future, we could uncover unbelievable not just more about Earth, but also more about the universe.