May 1st, 2017 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views” – Metaphorical Physics – Where Math Meets Theology –
Many people become eerily bored, when confronted with mathematics….
In fact, many people, often shy away from math, without ever even thinking why? I attribute this phenomena, to what I call, “the math effect.” This effect is a bi-product of tempered down ideals, which reflect neither, “awareness nor understanding,” of the subject matter itself. Furthermore, it is not possible to overstate the word, “awareness,” in that last sentence.
Let me start over…….
Many in the Western world, consider Einstein as the most intelligent human, to ever walk on the planet Earth. This opinion is common, for a variety of reasons. In particular, this opinion has been held, despite the fact, that since his passing, much of Einstein’s work has been overtaken by modern science. Nevertheless, Einstein is still regarded as the “smartest man in human history,” for a variety of reasons.
But what makes someone smart? And furthermore, what truly differentiates great minds? Or in this case, the greatest minds.
If you made a list of historically relevant people, regarded as the most influential in human history, most would fall into 2 categories. These most noteworthy, “sub categories,” are inventors and physicists.
But why do inventors and physicists, get so much credit for being great thinkers? What about people in other fields? Are there not equally great minds, in other fields? What about people in; politics, military leadership, arts, music, athletics and even architecture?…. Why are physicists and inventors, so often credited as histories greatest minds?
I’ll tell you why right now…………
How does one view math, in a way that turns formula, into imagination?
Take the formula for Pi.
Since the beginning of time, philosophers have had the ability to carve out circles. Furthermore, in doing so, any mathematician could then measure subsequent radius, surface area, and circumference…….
Imagine how early architects must have felt, upon discovering the formula for circumference, contained a variable, which appears to have no end……
Pi, R, Squared……..
(RIP Galileo Galilee and Sir Isaac Newton, whom surely had a difficult time explaining this algebraic conundrum.)
So why does a circumference’s algebra, contain a variable with seemingly no end?
In this way, when combining theology with math and philosophy, one can actually go far beyond mathematical surface level thinking and turn physics into a philosophical debate……
The easiest example of doing so, is, Pi, R, squared. This is a formula, where if given the radius of a circle and it’s circumference, one can literally spend an eternity breaking down the factor of Pi. In this way, one might argue, a true circle has no end……. Arguably….. or, “metaphorically speaking,” anyway. In either case, the issue of accuracy, in debating the variable of Pi, becomes somewhat grey and mysterious.
Imagine the bitter irony, that 17th century mathematicians and beyond, surely confronted when discovering this conundrum, through measurement. The equation for circumference, seemingly has no end……. Go back to history beyond that, to Persian dynasties, or Egyptian times, and in all likelihood, “this perspective of math and philosophy,” caused a great deal of debate throughout the ancient world….. (*Furthermore consider, “who invented Pi?” And in this sense, what is “invention,” itself?)
Think about this in philosophical terms….. It’s seemingly natural for an evolving society to build larger and larger architectural constructs. Furthermore, while building larger and larger structures, it’s also seemingly natural evolution, to advance measuring techniques and seek greater accuracy, used for creating this architecture….. Thus, throughout this social evolution, it would seem difficult NOT TO discover the equation for circumference, which when examined, in essence has no algebraic end point….
Breaking down the factor of Pi, could literally take philosophers their entire lives, without a clear cut resolution…….
In many ways, this could be considered metaphorical to life itself…… The equation has a beginning and the circle has a starting point, but the end point, can be infinitely broken down, like ripples of energy, to a point no one can foresee…… In this way, math meets philosophy, leading to a great range of debate, over the very constructs of our universe itself….. This philosophy, is then perfectly illustrated, through the “universal language” of mathematics.
Furthermore, imagine the circle in terms of say, “life and death,” or, “time,” itself…… The starting point is clear, but with the factor of Pi running on forever, it is unclear where, “the end,” might eventually lead.
Now…. under that premise, does math seem so boring to you?
-William Larsen, Civilians News – News For All Views