Marvellous Mathematics: Patterns, Relationships & Creation
In our maths lessons at the beginning of the year, our new Year 7 students have been discovering what maths is really about.
The famous scientist Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) said, “Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe”. This language is often expressed in patterns, and much of mathematics is about finding, explaining, modelling and linking these patterns. We find astonishing patterns everywhere, especially in Creation, but also in human systems and behaviour, even in love!
Having celebrated Valentine’s Day at the secondary school last week, this video is a fascinating look at a mathematical pattern found in marriage relationships. The patterns in relationships confirm the biblical advice found in Proverbs 15:1, “a kind answer soothes angry feelings, but harsh words stir them up”.
Finding patterns is increasingly important as technological advancement enables us to collect enormous amounts of data. What are the secrets in all this data, the patterns? Mathematical analysis can help us find them. Mathematics is one of the tools God has given us to help us better understand his Creation, himself and ourselves.
Look about you this week. What patterns do you notice in Creation or in yourself? Thank God for all the different ways he provides for us to see him.