Monday, September 04, 2006

Welcome!


Congratulations! You found our class blog! This is where we as a team will hopefully create a resource to help us conquer any issues that arise during our class this year. This is the place to talk about what’s happening in class; to ask a question you didn’t get to ask in class; to share your knowledge with fellow classmates and any other Internet users who choose to read our notes;…and most importantly it’s a place to reflect on what we’re learning.

A large part of retaining knowledge requires reviewing and discussing new information on a regular basis. This blog is intended to help each of you do just that. Between creating your own posts and commenting on your classmates’ posts, you will have the opportunity to explore each of the topics we cover this year in greater depth. I hope you will use this forum to help yourself and your classmates in whatever ways you can think of.

Blogging Prompt

Occasionally I will include a posting of my own, either to clarify a concept or to generate some further discussion. These postings will have a title similar to the one above this paragraph.

To get things rolling, here’s a question for you to think about and respond: Is God a mathematician? Why or why not?

Don’t forget to email me with the information I requested in class so I can include you on the team!

11 Comments:

At 7:12 PM, Blogger crystal said...

God is a mathematician because in order for the world to go round, everything has to be in harmony with each other. If we didn't have enough food for the massive overpopulation that is occurring in the world, then we might be depopulated. Someone must have calculated that if Earth were any closer to the Sun, then life wouldn't be able to exist unless there was a new kind of technology to protect against heat and UV rays that would be off the SPF scale. And, as Kyle and Ismael have pointed out, the perfection of certain things in the world must have been created by a divine mathematician.

 
At 12:38 AM, Blogger Kane said...

Mathematician - a person skilled in mathematics”
By Wordnet Dictionary

God is definitely a mathematician. The Bible says that God created the entire universe, which comprises of things such as mathematics. Since God is omniscient, God must know everything in mathematics. Therefore, God is a mathematician.

Also, I agree with Kyle and Ismael. Nature’s patterns that can be mathematically analyzed are truly amazing. The Fibonacci spiral and the golden spiral can be observed in natural objects and creatures. Since God created all of this, God must be a mathematician.

WordNet Search - 2.1. Cognitive Science Laboratory, Princeton University. Sep. 15, 2006 http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=mathematician.

 
At 12:59 PM, Blogger Lalalauren said...

God is a mathematician because He created a universe that is based largely on the relations between matter and math. Everything in our world is connected to math...the planets, the chemistry of matter, and everyday technology. God holds the answers to the universe, which mankind is trying to discover through new breakthroughs in math. To be the creator of a complex and mathematical world, God HAS to be the ultimate mathematician.

 
At 1:02 PM, Blogger Joseph.Yi said...

In my opinion, God is a mathematician. Though he may not do math the way we do nor use it for any purpose real purpose, he has the ability to do math making him a mathematician.

 
At 1:03 PM, Blogger Isaac said...

God is definitely a mathematician. That which we define as math can be seen everyone in nature, most importantly in genetics--the blueprints of life. His creation of the earth was based on math. All that is tangible is made up of basic mathematical models.

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger Magnus said...

As far as the premise goes, that a omniscent, omnipotent, omnipresent being called "God" created the entire universe as we know it, yes he was in a sense a mathematician (in fact the first mathematician). Math reflects the systematic and quantitative structure of the universe as well as the consistent natural laws; so, the creation of the universe created the original basic postulates of math. In this sense "God" created the universe in the structure of what we now describe as math. Therefore, "God" was a mathematician and mathematicians could be described as the discoverers of "God's mysterious ways".

 
At 4:31 PM, Blogger alex c said...

I do not believe that God is a mathematician. First and foremost, a predominant characteristic of math is the fact that it is very objective, and very formulaic. There are many different aspects of the universe that are neither objective nor formulaic. Many things cannot be explained with a mathematical explanation. Some of these things include emotion, coincidence, and luck. If one believes that God created the universe and all of its components, and there are many components to the universe that are inexplicable, then how can we honestly give God the title of mathematician?

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Claire said...

I don't think that God is a mathematician because while some things work out perfectly, many other things don't, lending itself to the assumption that those that do work out perfectly are a matter of odds. With all the things in this world, there are going to be a couple, like the fibonacci sequence, that work out perfectly.

 
At 7:16 PM, Blogger brian said...

I believe God is a mathematician in a sense. He wouldn't consider himself one because what math is to us, even the most complicated math, is common sense and natural for him. There are so many wonders to the world that can be explained, and even more that cannot. Look at anything being done and lines, parabolas, segments spring up. While God may have not given us all his knowledge. He allows us to seek knowledge for ourselves. What would happen if we knew everything God knew? There would be no goals in life. We would know everything, and there would be no competition either. Everyone knows everything so what is there to find? Nothing.

 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

There is no possible way that god is a mathematician. People like to talk about chaos and how a butterfly in China could cause a tornado in LA by flapping it's wings. What god would want to sit there and figure out that kind of math? It's one of those things where you'd have to have so many significant figures that any self-respecting science teacher would flunk you on a test. By this logic, if god tried to be a mathematician, he wouldn't make it through high school (as he would fail everything he attempted in science). But, working off the assumption that god DID graduate with a GED or higher (as applying for a six-figure job such as "god" would require SOME high school educational qualification), we can safely say that he is no mathematician. But you know who COULD tell you if that butterfly caused the tornado that destroyed LA? Dallas Raines.
And so I conclude by recapping my two main points:
1) God is not a mathematician.
2) Dallas Raines, however, is god.

 
At 12:05 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Jeff, I thought you said Chuck Norris was God.

 

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