“How is it possible that mathematics, a product of human thought that is independent of experience, fits so excellently the objects of reality?”

Post by Alexis Kelley

18 hours agoWeek 7 | Discussion – Describing Nature with Math

Hi Everyone,

For this weeks discussion I decided to talk about prompt 1: Albert Einstein once said, “How is it possible that mathematics, a product of human thought that is independent of experience, fits so excellently the objects of reality?”

I agree with Albert Einstein that mathematics was invented by humans to a certain extent. Math subjects like pre-calculus, algebra, geometry, and the more complex stuff were invented by man. However in the Bible there are verses where Good talks about adding or taking away something, along with being fruitful and multiplying. For instance 1 Kings 7:23 says, “Then he made the sea of cast metal. It was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits high, and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference.” Along with Matthew 13:8,”Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” There are so many verses in the Bible that speak about math. 

Post by Starr Eaton

22 hours agoRe: Week 7 | Discussion – Describing Nature with Math

Albert Einstein was and still is one of the best scientists around. I believe that mathematics was created by humans. God created mankind so I do believe he gave us our intelligence and it was mankind who discovered how to use math. I believe that god created humans and animals. He gave us the basics of life and it was man who continued to evolve.  Math is still helping everyone to this day and still learning new things about it. people say math and god have nothing to do with each other, but I do believe god has made it possible for everything. If it wasn’t for him I do not believe any of us would be here. Or even know most of the things we know without the help of him guiding scientist in the right direction in discovering something new and allowing them to teach everyone else about it.

Post by Leila Carlos

1 day agoRe: Week 7 | Discussion – Describing Nature with Math

Einstein was the physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity, and he is considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century. No human is above God. We are all here for a reason, and Einstein is one of God’s creation whose purpose was to be the best physicist. Human did not invented Math, but rather we were the instrument of Gods special creation.

I chose Leonardo Pisano Bigollo as one of my favorite Theorists in Math, he wrote the famous Fibonacci Sequence, he helped spread Hindu-Arabic Numerals (like our present numbers 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) through Europe in place of Roman Numerals (I, II, III, IV, V, etc). That has saved us all a lot of trouble! Thank you, Leonardo. There he wrote a number of important texts which played an important role in reviving ancient mathematical skills and he made significant contributions of his own.  Of his books we still have copies of Liber abaci (1202), Practica geometriae (1220), Flos (1225), and Liber quadratorum.

The book was based on the arithmetic and algebra that Fibonacci had accumulated during his travels. The book, which went on to be widely copied and imitated, introduced the Hindu-Arabic place-valued decimal system and the use of Arabic numerals into Europe. Indeed, although mainly a book about the use of Arab numerals, which became known as algorism, simultaneous linear equations are also studied in this work. Certainly, many of the problems that Fibonacci considers in Liber abaci were similar to those appearing in Arab sources.

Fibonacci was not the first to know about the sequence, it was known in India hundreds of years before!

https://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Fibonacci.html

 

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