Thanks. I majored in math in college, so it’s near and dear to my heart.
to add on to that. 500 years ago, we hadn’t discovered most of the periodic table of elements, now we have. and we might discover new things in the future. they may yet be more truth revealed from god
FWIW, we haven’t even discovered every element on the periodic table. There are elements so rare (francium (87), astatine (85)) that they have never been found naturally, and it would be practically impossible to find them naturally (there is probably less than a gram of either element at any given time on our planet). But, even before we had the ability to create minute quantities in sophisticated laboratories, we knew these elements existed and we had a pretty good idea of what their properties are.
It’s the periodic table that told us that. There were “holes” at 85 and 87. The atomic number tells us how many protons an element has. We knew that elements with 85 and 87 protons must exist, but we had never observed them.
It annoys me when fiction (such as the film, “Man of Steel”) states that some alien object (like the hull of Superman’s capsule) is made of an unknown element. There are no unknown elements anywhere in the universe. No element can have half of a proton. There can only possibly be one element between iron (26 protons) and nickel (28 protons), and that element is cobalt (27 protons). It’s impossible to have an element between iron and cobalt with 26.5 protons.