May 1st, 2017 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views” – Metaphorical Physics – Where Math Meets Theology –
Many today become eerily bored when confronted by mathematics….
In fact, people often shy away from math, without ever thinking why? I attribute this phenomena to what I call “the math effect,” a bi-product of tempered down ideals, which don’t reflect, “awareness or 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 to be the most intelligent man to ever walk the planet Earth. This opinion is commonplace for a variety of reasons. In particular, this opinion has 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.
So what makes someone smart? And furthermore, what differentiates great minds? Or in this case, the greatest minds?
If you made a list of historically relevant people, regarded as the most intelligent in human history, most would fall under 2 distinct, “sub categories;” inventors and physicists.
But why do physicists and inventors, get so much credit for being great thinkers? What about other fields? Is it not true that equally great minds exist, in fields such as; politics, leadership, arts, music, athletics and even architecture?…. So 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. In doing so, any basic mathematician could then measure a subsequent, radius, surface area and circumference…….
However, due to the intricate designs of our universe, early architects must have felt beyond perplexed, upon discovering the formula for circumference, contained a variable which essentially had 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 beyond mathematical surface level thinking and turn physics into a philosophical debate……
The easiest example of doing so, I believe is, Pi, R, squared. This is a formula, where if given radius and circumference, one can literally spend an eternity breaking down the factor of Pi. In this way, one might argue that a true circle has no end…….. Arguably……. Metaphorically speaking.
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 in history beyond that, to Persian dynasties of Egyptian times, and in all likelihood, “this perspective of math and philosophy,” caused a great deal of debate throughout the ancient world…..
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 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 is metaphorical to life itself…… The equation has a beginning and the circle itself has a starting point, which can then be infinitely broken down to an endpoint, that no one can foresee…… In this way, math meets philosophy, leading to a great range of debate about 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 life and death, or time itself….. The starting point is clear, however with the factor of Pi running on forever; it is unclear where “the end” might eventually lead.
Now, under that premise, does math sound so boring to you?
-William Larsen, Civilians News – News For All Views