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Oh Dear Lord… Not Another Rant About Fibonacci Numbers! — 6 Comments

  1. This post is an elegant development on the Tablet column I posted earlier this week on Truth, Beauty, and a Good Lawyer. Thanks!

    I especially love the way you successfully navigate past the crazies who try to read too much into any one thing. As a theologian once put it, every heresy is based on an important truth… a truth that is grabbed at the expense of all the other truths. Or beauties!

  2. It is now so evident to me that the experience of beauty needs some kind of communication, some kind of interaction or relationship of at least two people. Thank you for that. Probably, that is the reason it is difficult to define beauty in terms of objective or subjective: Maybe it is rather dynamic, as any relation. Well, evidently I am not an aesthetician nor a profesional astronomer, but as a geologist, I have always wondered why geology, and the study of nature in general, is so fascinating, at least to me. This blog has helped me a lot to understand this.

    To me, music is one of the human expressions that reflect somehow the dynamism that I find beautiful in nature. I find that music, even being so ephemeral, at least for me as I do not read sheet music, is so similar to the beauty we can observe in a not necessarily eternal universe.

    And this reminds me these lines, that I will try to translate to english: Beautiful symphony,/ Work of art that reflects the essence of the Composer./ In it, He gives Himself at every moment, / Expressing fascination. // Life itself, beautiful symphony, / Succession of long and short notes, / That their existence join in harmony, / Adjusting to their own turn. // And slowly or suddenly they go extinct, / Sometimes leaving sharp silences, / That highlight the new beginnings. // It will certainly come the finale, may be with a clatter, / But sounds and silences will remain united, / With the glory of the Maestro.

  3. You may enjoy watching the video Mobius Music Box: Theme from the Harry Potter Septet, composed and played by mathematician Vi Hart.

    As Steven Strogatz explains, “… because of the half twist in the Mobius strip, the music box now begins playing what was originally the back of the punched tape, upside down. Hence the same melody begins again but now with all the notes inverted. High notes become low notes, and low notes become high. They’re still played in the same order, but upside down, thanks to the somersaults imposed by the Mobius structure.” (page 224, The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Mathematics from One to Infinity)

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