March 03rd 2007

Two of Pospi's wallpapers and another random artwork by Kowi have been added to the stuff section today, along another two of my photography images:

Pospi's Somos Wallpaper 1Pospi's Somos Wallpaper 2Kowi's Random ArtBeauty is just a DreamRoom of Despair

Also in case you don't know it yet, watch Pospi's Final Thought movie.

Muddasheep's Daydream - Part 3

Mathematics has been around on this planet for quite a few years now. Considering that earth is 4.57 billion years old, Mathematics has been around for what's just the blink of an eye for the little planet we're living on. This mysterious movement that allows people to figure out how many apples have grown on a tree has evolved into a system most of the planet's population relies on heavily. Mathematics is everywhere you look, such as time, economics, science and engineering. In the past many early scientists had strong religious beliefs and therefore tried to connect both fields.

In example, Isaac Newton wrote: "This most beautiful System of the Sun, Planets and Comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being."

And Isaac Newton also said that "Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done."

That being said, in the last few years scientists clearly drew a thicker line between science and "mere" religions, as they now try to discover the "true" meaning behind what caused the universe to appear, and question the existence of humanity and try to answer those questions without the excuse of it simply being God's creation (due to His godly boredom?).

With Mathematics humanity has found a lot of answers to previously simply ignored questions, such as if earth is flat or round (or elliptic) and if the sun and all the rest of the stars circle around the earth - for the latter of which Galileo Galilei has been found suspect of heresy around 1630 (even though in 1992 Pope John Paul II expressed his regrets about the actions taken by the Roman Catholic Church against Galileo).

It seems that Mathematics generally reveals the truth. The answers we receive are a bit more satisfying than just saying "God did it". Then again, who's to say that Mathematics isn't just another religion built around the need for abstract explanations to feed our higher intellect? Which in the end lets us sleep soundly, knowing that we know the truth and there is no need to be nervous. Is there?