View Full Version : hidden beauty in the symbols (Math)

14-11-03, 02:56
I found this moving. Currently I'm reading a book titled The Language of Mathematics. It is very interesting and has helped me out quite a bit (not in math itself but in understanding its history and appreciating it on a higher level)

So far I've learned that Math is like music in the way that you have to be able to read the language so that you can create the abstract in your mind.

In his book A Mathematician's Apology, G.H Hardy wrote:
"The Mathematician's patterns, like a painter'S or a poet's, must be beautiful, the ideas, like colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the firt test; there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics...It may be very hard to define mathematical beauty, but that is true of beauty of any kind- we may not know quite what we mean by a beautiful poem, but that does not prevent us from recognizing one when we read it."

Thought provoking...

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14-11-03, 04:12
Maths!!! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

14-11-03, 08:59
That's very beautiful, Rogue. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif Although I was not good at maths back at school, I always loved them. When I finished school and got rid of all the anxiety and stress, I read maths by myself and learned a lot! I totally agree with that little passage in quotes! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

[ 14. November 2003, 09:59: Message edited by: Nicky ]

14-11-03, 13:45
I totally agree with the quote.

Maybe I can tell my maths hating students it's art really.

14-11-03, 16:14
Music is very mathematical.

14-11-03, 18:10
A quote from Christopher Walken in the movie The Prophecy:
"mathmatics, It's the key to the universe".

14-11-03, 18:37
Thanks Nicky! I think we have something in common. I'm sure that I would enjoy learning about math out of the classroom atmosphere.

engagree: Yeah maybe you should. But unless you give them sound reasons it'll just be like some teachers' lecture...sorry, I'm a student I know.

Tazine: Yup I think so too. Maybe that'll explain why I find reading notes to be so trying::-wst:

Dragon Dan: lol I agree with you on that point too. Check out this quote by Galileo and John p it's similar to what Chris said:

"The great book of nature can be read only by those who know the language in which it was written. And this language is mathematics."

Cambridge physicist John Polkinhorne wrote:

"Mathematics is the abstract key which turns the lock of the physical universe."

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