## Saturday, March 10, 2012

### What math means to me?

I love math, but I also realize that not everyone looks at math the same way. When I look at math, I see the beautiful mystery that can define everything in our world and beyond. I see a glimpse into unlocking the mysteries of the universe. Once you begin to delve deeper into mathematics, you begin to have an understanding of the world around you that only mathematicians get to enjoy.
After you have gotten into to higher level mathematics, some of the problems you solve will begin to fill up your page like a poetry of numbers.  I know when I am solving problems that fill up a page I will take my finished product and just step back and look at the beauty of it. Even if you don't see the beauty in a page full of formulas, computers have allowed us to manifest formulas into beautiful works of art.  Fractals offer us an in depth look at the artistic capabilities of even the most mechanical of ideas.
The connection math has to all other subjects is infinite. Even the art world uses mathematics. The golden ratio, related to Fibonacci numbers, is considered the formula for beauty. All of these various connections in mathematics further enhances the beauty it holds.
In addition to the art and poetry of mathematics, there is also the critical thinking aspect. Mathematics is logic conceptualized. It is about modeling our world into tangible coherent forms, and finding patterns and connections. Some refer to mathematics as the language of the universe, but it is beyond that. It is how we take abstract ideas and create a language to share and understand those ideas.

I know that most people do not look at math the way I do, and I am interested in getting some feedback on What math means to you?  Everyone has their own story or way of looking at math, even if you are completely frustrated with math I would like to see the comments I get.

So please leave some comments on what math means to you so we can discuss and compare how everyone looks at it. I am very interested to see the variety of responses I get.