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…I don’t even understand the above comments at all?
Like… math is not something artifical that humans made up. Math is something that is existant in the universe that humans have observed and documented. Why are people surprised and upset to see it turn up ‘in nature’? Where the fuck do you think it COMES FROM?
This is like freaking out because you learned that the eggs you ate for breakfast come from chickens.
It’s kind of weird how many people have this reaction. Like… I remember people getting really angry about pi, because “why do I have to learn how to do shit with some stupid arbitrary number people picked.” Just… no. pi is a thing because it is observed as a number that shows up repeatedly. It’s just a fact of the world that we have noticed and can then apply to other things.
It really shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of math (which has a lot to do with how we teach it). Yes, it can be used for the things we learn about (like creating things using mathematical principles), but at the core it’s about understanding how the world fits together all on its own.
FYI to everyone, if you want a good place to start peeling back the layers of math, try learning a different base system. We work with base ten most often (numbers grouped into tens), and binary is fairly common (those zeroes and ones programmers won’t shut up about). If you can wrap your mind around the idea of base 6, where our 5 is represented as 5, but our 6 is represented as 10 (7 is 11), you’ll start to get a good idea of exactly how numbers represent the concept of “an amount of things.”
This is one of those times where I find myself in awe of the lens mathematics provides us. If my Calculus classes were taught like this— hell, if ANY math classes were taught like this— I wouldn’t feel like spooning my eyes out of my skull in frustration (because I can’t visualize the language math uses).
Mathematical Beauty Activates Same Brain Region as Great Art or Music
People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neurobiological basis to beauty.
There are many different sources of beauty – a beautiful face, a picturesque landscape, a great symphony are all examples of beauty derived from sensory experiences. But there are other, highly intellectual sources of beauty. Mathematicians often describe mathematical formulae in emotive terms and the experience of mathematical beauty has often been compared by them to the experience of beauty derived from the greatest art.
The first identified compact galaxy group, Stephan’s Quintet is featured in this stunning image from the Hubble Space Telescope. About 300 million light-years away, only four galaxies of the group are actually locked in a cosmic dance of repeated close encounters.