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Mathematics and its oneness with environement and art

“To those who do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature . If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in.”- Richard Feynman

What mathematics is doing in this blog?

Art and Math may at first seem to be very differing things, but people who enjoy math tend to look for mathematics in art.  They want to see the patterns and angles and lines of perspective.  This is why artists like M.C. Escher appeal to mathematicians so much.  There is a large amount of math involved in art, not to mention basic things like measuring and lines, but the intricacies of art can often be described using math.”- Natasha Glydon

It is obvious we as humans are making so called ‘progress’ and ‘development’ violating basic laws of nature. Even when nature seeks its vengeance by way of a Tsunami, climate change, diseases etc. we fail to see these telltale signs and continue unabated. Knowing a certain amount of mathematics is important to calmly ruminate on some of the biggest problems created and faced by human beings so that we may be propelled to think of alternatives and fixes.

Also, as I try to explain more about environment to Arpita it becomes increasing important for me to help her understand that nature is innately mathematical. Hence there is a need for her to appreciate mathematics so that she may discover the beauty of interconnectedness between environment, art and more.

“For me, mathematics is the search for and study of patterns. Patterns are ideas, idealized observations about Nature that help our minds grasp Her wonder. Patterns in counting end up becoming the mathematics of numbers and algebra. Using these patterns to study populations we discover that the numbers of any species tend to grow in certain ways. The mathematics does not predict the future, it just tells you what you can likely expect to happen. What we learn about population growth has important implications for your life and mine.”- http://www.colorado.edu/math/earthmath/abstract.html

I am by no means a mathematician or even someone who understands higher level complicated mathematics. But the best part of trying to explain to her is that I get to learn. Starting from the very basics for her is almost like starting on a clean slate. The possibilities of enjoying the process of learning are as limitless as mathematics itself. I hope to ignite in her the excitement of understanding the world of art and environment with math as her friend.

As explained to my daughter…..

What is Mathematics?

  • Math it is just a tool
  • Man has created math to help us
  • Math describes the world as we see it ie. the real world.

And why have we devised this tool?

We use mathematics to explain and understand things around us better. For instance if an engineer is building a house he knows that it will stand even before he has built it simply by doing the math correctly.

Math is a very obedient friend. It will tell you most answer to problems. Understanding the problem and using math to get an answer goes hand in hand like two thick friends. If this is not art what is? Hence mathematics has carved its own niche in this blog.

Interesting websites used as reference:

  1. http://mathcentral.uregina.ca/
  2. http://www.colorado.edu/math/earthmath/abstract.html

 

 

 

 

 

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