From wikipedia: Hermeneutics is the theory and methodology of interpretation, especially the interpretation of biblical texts, wisdom literature, and philosophical texts. It started out as a theory of text interpretation but has been later broadened to questions of general interpretation. I have a good friend who tutors kids in math. He feels that even within mathematics, there is ''room for interpretation,'' as he puts it. It got me to thinking - could hermeneutics offer an approach to describing the nature of developing and understanding mathematical equations and processes? I've always viewed math as a very cut and dry type of subject, with no room for individual interpretation. My friend tried to explain this to me a bit further in that when he is tutoring his students in math, he isn't only concerned with helping them to arrive at the correct answers, but he wants them to explore different ways of arriving at the correct answers. Even if the answer is incorrect, he said that the path as to how they arrived at the wrong answer will help them to find the right answer, and that is often left up to interpretation, because no two students may process the equation in the same way. It is in the ''how'' one arrives at the answer, that is just as fulfilling he claims, as actually arriving at the answer. So, I suppose that is where hermeneutics would come into the equation, no pun. He added that maybe my disdain of math is because I've never had a teacher who taught me more than how to memorize a procedure or path, as to how to arrive at the ''right'' answer. Straight up memorization is painfully boring, if you ask me. So, what is your personal viewpoint on this? Do you believe that there is a place for interpretation (hermeneutics) in math?