Opinion 159:
What is Mathematics and What Should it Be?
By Doron Zeilberger
Written: April 22, 2017
What is Mathematics (as practiced today)?

A religion with its doctrines and dogmas

A game with its (often arbitrary) rules

An (intellectual) athletic competitive sport, akin to Chess and Go

An art form with rigid rules
One thing it is not is a science.
Scientists, by definition, are trying to discover the truth
about the physical world. Mathematicians do not care about discovering the truth about the mathematical world.
All they care about is playing their artificial game, called [rigorous] proving, and observing their strict dogmas.
Let's Make Mathematics a Science Again!
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