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Everyday Math

If you don’t know by now, I was an English major. For me, letters make words, and numbers make problems.

And yet, I find the math of nature utterly fascinating. Galileo Galilei is quoted as saying, “Mathematics is the language with which God wrote the universe.” It’s hard to argue the claim.

The forces that bind and divide space, that define and defy matter escape our wildest calculus. They string along our most abstract and able thinkers with the promise that they’re “getting warmer” and yet they can never really come close.

How awesome is it that when counting by 9’s, there is a mathematical mirror at 49.5 that reflects the first five multiples against the next five (9, 18, 27, 36, 45 . . . 54, 63, 72, 81, 90)!

How fascinating that the Fibonacci sequence, the sequence of numbers that occurs when each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers (i.e., 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and so on), is demonstrated in seashells, sunflowers, hurricanes, and even galaxies!

Proportion, perspective, anticipation, reaction, curvature, and angularity are all mathematical elements of Creation.

When you toss Frisbee with a friend, you and he are executing a vast body of subconscious mathematical wizardry. Just one successful toss takes into account body motion, disk weight and position, release trajectory, rotation and acceleration, wind currents, terrestrial and lunar gravitational pulls, and countless other factors.

Not really any different from me “tossing” this post out there and trusting all the script and code behind the user-friendly interface will get it to you in a manner you can “catch”.

The math of the everyday. Crazy stuff, huh?

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This entry was posted on June 25, 2012 by in Crossing Guard, Philosophers' Row and tagged , , , , , , , , , .
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