
Re: Math and music
Posted:
Oct 15, 2004 11:15 AM


"Matthew Fields" <spam@uce.gov> wrote in message <a href="news://7RQbd.210$2W4.24@news.itd.umich.edu...">news://7RQbd.210$2W4.24@news.itd.umich.edu...</a> > In article <151020040538522534%suh@math.ucdavis.nospam.edu>, > ChanHo Suh <suh@math.ucdavis.nospam.edu> wrote: > >In article <ckns9b$57k$1@nntp.itservices.ubc.ca>, Robert Israel > ><israel@math.ubc.ca> wrote: > > > >> In article <IPIbd.40134$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. > >> > > > >I distinctively remember a scene in "A Beautiful Mind" where John Nash > >looks at a bunch of numbers and they start glowing and dancing around. > >So that refutes your statement. > > No, it doesn't. That's a *dramatization* created by Ron Howard in > consultation with his cinematographer, to try to illustrate conceptual > thinking. The scene is pure fictionnobody knows what Nash did when > he consulted for the government, and Nash is not saying. > > >Another thing the movie demonstrated is how little mathematical > >research can progress if there aren't windows around to write on. > > Ah, well, in that case, that refutes your statement. ppffft!
Actually it would be easy to demonstrate a strong correlation between the amount of moisture condensation on the inside of windows and strength of the mathematical communities in those locations!!
Bob Pease
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