Interrupting Voice: “Oh no! Not again! Please, Bumba, no more math. Actually I like the spiritualism, but please no numbers. And no math. You see, it’s because, well, I just don’t like it. It’s like an allergy I have with math. Math (some people say maths) makes me sneeze. Anyhow, I don’t believe in math, maths, or mathematics either.”

Well, you should use a handkerchief if you have to sneeze. Mathematics is the science of patterns.

Huh???

And math is more than just numbers. Numbers, though, tend to fascinate. Since the set of numbers is infinite, all those numbers inherently contain and form a lot of relationships, a lot of patterns. If you play with those numbers you can wind up with nearly anything – which explains the marvels of numerology pretty much. And there are all kinds of numbers: counting numbers, odd numbers, even numbers, binary numbers, fractions, negative numbers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, squares, square roots, cubes, exponents, transcendental numbers – each of which is manifested in nature – even the imaginary numbers are manifested at the sub-atomic level. Imagine that!

And you can also try to take nearly anything in nature and describe it (eloquently of course) with numbers. Which is what most of physics is about. So, keep playing with those numbers! And keep watching out for those patterns. And keep playing that Country Music.

Here’s a Hank Williams song about fractions. Well, one fraction, the half. If You Loved Me Half As Much As I Love You.

I like your windows into math(s) and physics, Bumba. I want to understand this world, but my mind skates off, preferring words. Have you read Herman Hesse’s Glass Bead Game? Not exactly sure why that came to mind. Perhaps because it reminds me of a reality I can appreciate but am unable to participate in. Hm. You’re being very challenging this morning. Cool images though.

I read The Glass Bead Game years ago. I too felt removed from the mentality and culture of it. Serious chess players perhaps are similar. Similarly inpenetrable. However the pursuit of knowledge marches on. At least on bumbastories it does, and thanks Tish for your frequent visits and comments. The Chess Players by Sanyahit Ray – now that’s a gem. Ever see that one? Glad to hear that I’m challenging.

Ah maths, fascinating and long division and what not. I was never too fussed and then I read Simon Singh’s Fermat’s Last Theorem and was blown away. I do like to dabble in the digital stuff, I am a dab hand at sudoku.

There are some excellent books like that Fermat’s Last Theorem book. I personally got hooked on the history, the early mathematicians, the Pythagoreans, the Golden Proportion in particular. There are lots of those non-professional books around. And do you get a dab hand from dabbling too much? I do Sudoko and crosswords too, but that ain’t maths I don’t think.

That Asimov certainly was prolific. I’d read Jules Verne and H G Welles once upon a time in my young years, but hadn’t realised it was Science Fiction, till I picked up an Asimov short story collection and I was off and away for at least a decade of SF.

I like your windows into math(s) and physics, Bumba. I want to understand this world, but my mind skates off, preferring words. Have you read Herman Hesse’s Glass Bead Game? Not exactly sure why that came to mind. Perhaps because it reminds me of a reality I can appreciate but am unable to participate in. Hm. You’re being very challenging this morning. Cool images though.

I read The Glass Bead Game years ago. I too felt removed from the mentality and culture of it. Serious chess players perhaps are similar. Similarly inpenetrable. However the pursuit of knowledge marches on. At least on bumbastories it does, and thanks Tish for your frequent visits and comments. The Chess Players by Sanyahit Ray – now that’s a gem. Ever see that one? Glad to hear that I’m challenging.

Will look out for The Chess Players. Thanks, Stephen.

thanks, Steve, for making Hank Williams alive again!

To paraphrase Groucho Marx: If Hank Williams could hear this he would rise up from his grave. And then we’d only have to bury him again!

73

Are you referencing one of the greatest jokes of all time?

73′ that’s a prime prime. 7 +3 is 10, their product is 21, another good number, but no rhyme.

Ah maths, fascinating and long division and what not. I was never too fussed and then I read Simon Singh’s Fermat’s Last Theorem and was blown away. I do like to dabble in the digital stuff, I am a dab hand at sudoku.

There are some excellent books like that Fermat’s Last Theorem book. I personally got hooked on the history, the early mathematicians, the Pythagoreans, the Golden Proportion in particular. There are lots of those non-professional books around. And do you get a dab hand from dabbling too much? I do Sudoko and crosswords too, but that ain’t maths I don’t think.

That Asimov certainly was prolific. I’d read Jules Verne and H G Welles once upon a time in my young years, but hadn’t realised it was Science Fiction, till I picked up an Asimov short story collection and I was off and away for at least a decade of SF.

And his straight-up science books are just tremendous.