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Roger Antonsen's Discussion of Math Shows How We Use It to Understand

By: Joey Haar - Dec 15, 2016
References: ted & youtube
Most people think of mathematics as the dry, boring stuff like adding or algebra, but Roger Antonsen's discussion of math shows that the field covers so much more than those simple concepts. When broken down to the core pillars, mathematics are really about things like finding patterns and creating languages to elucidate and describe those patterns. As such, mathematics can help people to understand the world as a whole.

By way of an example, Antonsen shows how a simple pattern of lines on a grid can be analyzed in order to understand it as the shape of a parabola. Moving into more complex territory, he shows how something like a fraction (4/3 in his example) can be broken down into an image or even a sound based on how one changes their perspective.