
Re: Math and music
Posted:
Oct 15, 2004 2:55 AM


In article <IPIbd.40134$cJ3.533@fed1read06>, lutonomy <lutonomy@cox.net> wrote:
>I remember that movie "A Beautiful Mind" where they show how the high level >genius mathematicians don't think in literal "numbers" but rather shapes and >contours.
They do no such thing, in that movie (which I guess you don't remember very well: it had very little mathematics in it) or any other that I know of.
I don't know of any mathematician who thinks in numbers. Mathematicians sometimes think _about_ numbers, but they generally think in concepts  maybe expressed in words, maybe geometrically, maybe both.
Robert Israel israel@math.ubc.ca Department of Mathematics <a href="http://www.math.ubc.ca/~israel">http://www.math.ubc.ca/~israel</a> University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC, Canada

