Monday, January 21, 2008

Truth in Numbers

1+1=2

I was always horrible at math. I never learned my times tables, I still sometimes count on my fingers and some of the simplest equations take my head an extra moment to figure out. I had to take pre-algebra 3 times. It is just not my forte. I got a Nintendo DS for Christmas from my wife and it has a game called Brain Age that through simple games tells how old your brain is. The ideal brain age is 20, I am 33, after a couple of tests including subtracting back from 107 by 9's it tells me my brain is 57! UGH!! If it asked me to explain Locke's Two Treatises of Government, I would blow it away. That's just how my grey matter works. But back to numbers.

Even though I cant do math, I love to ponder the truth of math. I like to think that if there is any truth it must be in math. It just adds up, no matter who is doing the interpretation, there is no getting around the fact that 1+1=2. Substitute the numerals with anything; apples, triangles, trucks, ships, or all seeing eyes, the simple truth is that if you take something and group it with another something you have two somethings.

When we search for truth there is no better example than math because it is true.
Now, I don't know a thing about how mathematicians and theoretical physicists do it but we have proof in everything around us that the universe can be deciphered via the magic of math. Somehow a bunch of eggheads doing complex equations figured out how to split an atom let alone prove they exist!
Math and the beauty of it is proof of a divine architect to me. As those eggheads delve deeper into a unification theory they come closer to understanding divinity because it keeps getting simpler.
If you have 16 minutes I would highly recommend viewing the video below from ted.com. If you don't know about ted.com, just check it out. My good friend shared it with me and I cant get enough. I could not figure out how to put the video pn my page so follow the link.
If we did this kind of education in lodge we could start changing the world again.
And to all the eggheads of the world, please take no offense, I wish I were an egghead.!

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/194

Widow's Son said...

Excellent link to the TED pages. Thanks for posting.

Widow's Son
BurningTaper.com

Gingerman said...

During the Enlightenment, many of the Natural Philosophers saw a theological application of mathmatics, particularly of geometry:

"God created everything by number, weight and measure." a translation of a Latin phrase Isaac Newton wrote in a student's notebook, elsewhere given as "Numero pondere et mensura Deus omnia condidit."

Newton also wrote "that what is perfectly accurate is called geometrical; what is less so is called mechanical" (Principia)

It was held that there was one principle that unified creation, and that was geometry. It's true in all places, times and situations.