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 mathematics altogether, often without ever even thinking why? I attribute this phenomenon to what I call, “the math effect.” This effect is a bi-product of tempered down ideals, which often reflect neither, “awareness nor understanding,” of the subject matter itself. Furthermore, it is not even possible to overstate the word, “awareness,” in that last sentence.
Let me start over…….
Math can be awesome.
For the better part of a century, many in the western world have considered Einstein to be the smartest human-being, ever to walk the Earth. This opinion is commonly held for a variety of reasons. In particular, this opinion has held strong among mainstream science, 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. Those noteworthy categories or, “sub categories,” are….. inventors and physicists.
But why do inventors and physicists…. get so much credit for being great thinkers? What about 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’s, and circumference’s…….
Now, imagine how early architects must have felt, upon discovering that 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. But even before them, this mathematical epiphany had to spark philosophical discourse, possibly as early as 5000 B.C.)
So why does a circumference’s algebra, contain a variable with seemingly no end?
And in this way, when combining theology, math and philosophy, you can actually go far beyond mathematical, “surface level thinking,” and turn physics into a philosophical debate……
The easiest example of doing so, is the formula; “Pi, R, squared.” And with this formula, when 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.” In either case, the issue of accuracy, in debating the variable of Pi, becomes somewhat grey and mysterious at the sub-atomic level.
Now, imagine the bitter irony that 17th century mathematicians and beyond, surely confronted when discovering this conundrum, through measurement in centuries past? The equation for circumference, seemingly has no end……. and throughout history, Persian dynasties, Egyptian times, you name it, in all likelihood, “this perspective on 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. Architecture evolves that is to say….. and it’s almost a natural evolution, of building with greater complexities…. from the tools you use to build, right down to the structures themselves…. Really think about the evolution of architecture throughout social evolution, and in this way, it almost seems difficult NOT TO discover the equation for circumference, which again, 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…….
And in many ways, this equation could be considered metaphorical to life itself…IE metaphorical physics and congruent systems… The equation has a beginning and the circle has a starting point, but the end of the circle can be infinitely broken down, like ripples of energy, to a point that no one can foresee…… philosophically thinking. So, in this way, where math meets philosophy, you can generate 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.
Also, 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… and what if these concepts are congruent? What if the formula for circumference really is the same as “space and time, or heaven and hell?” It’s not rocket science, but it is interesting.
Now…. under that premise, does math seem so boring to you?
-William Larsen, Civilians News – News For All Views