# A mathematical formalisation of dimensional analysis

Mathematicians study a variety of different mathematical structures, but perhaps the structures that are most commonly associated with mathematics are the number systems, such as the integers $latex {{\bf Z}}&fg=000000$ or the real numbers $latex {{\bf R}}&fg=000000$. Indeed, the use of number systems is so closely identified with the practice of mathematics that one sometimes forgets that it is possible to do mathematics without explicit reference to any concept of number.