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This article is a continuation of Introductory mathematics
It has been known since the time of Euclid that all of geometry can be derived from a handful of objects (points, lines...), a few actions on those objects, and a small number of axioms. Every field of science likewise can be reduced to a small set of objects, actions, and rules. Math itself is not a single field but rather a constellation of related fields. One way in which new fields are created is by the process of generalization.
A generalization is the formulation of general concepts from specific instances by abstracting common properties. Generalization is the process of identifying the parts of a whole, as belonging to the whole.
The purpose of this article is threefold:
- To give a broad general overview of the various fields and subfields of mathematics.
- To show how each field can be derived from first principles.
- To provide links to articles and webpages with more in depth information.
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See also: Advanced mathematics