
Re: Math and music
Posted:
Oct 15, 2004 1:51 PM


"Matthew Fields" <spam@uce.gov> wrote in message <a href="news://7sSbd.213$2W4.119@news.itd.umich.edu...">news://7sSbd.213$2W4.119@news.itd.umich.edu...</a> > In article <ckopil$5hu@dispatch.concentric.net>, > Bob Pease <robertjp@askmeinapost.com> wrote: > > > >"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 > > And it would be easy to demonstrate a strong corrolation between the > distance between North America and Europe and the greyness of my hair, > too!
Yup That's true
I think it's because folks in the Midwest don't use as much hair dye as in California. This causes a accumulation of surplus hair dye bottles in New York which contributes to the continental drift.
Bob Pease
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