Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Mathematics Meets the Mind's Eye

Mathematics is not the rigid and rigidity-producing schema that the layman thinks it is; rather, in it we find ourselves at that meeting point of constraint and freedom that is the very essence of human nature.
- Hermann Weyl

If you have all these mathematics which lie at the heart of creation, what was this mathematics describing? The initial conditions would have to been a "natural phenomena" in order for any mathematics to be derived?

Arthur Miller
Einstein and Schrödinger never fully accepted the highly abstract nature of Heisenberg's quantum mechanics, says Miller. They agreed with Galileo's assertion that "the book of nature is written in mathematics", but they also realized the power of using visual imagery to represent mathematical symbols.

There is a greater potential once the mathematical realm meets a cohesive visualization? A culmination of sorts. The move to higher visualization would requires consistent mathematical descriptions of what could have arisen from what might be thought of theoretically? Is the vision leading the theoretics or is the theoretics leading the vision?

Iconic images

Once upon a time the illustrations in physics and astronomy papers were mostly line diagrams, plus the occasional black and white photograph, but advances in imaging technology and computer power mean that some results now resemble works of art. Here we examine three images that have been so widely used on the covers of books and magazines - and on posters, calendars, mouse-mats and elsewhere - that they qualify for some sort of iconic status

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