How Can Mathematics Really Live? Music, And Music Of Mathematics?

925 Words Mar 9th, 2015 4 Pages
For centuries two distinct subject, mathematics and music, have coexisted rather harmoniously but still separate. Often this two subjects find themselves on opposite ends of the academic and social spectrum. Mathematics seem to give the world a sense of order. Formulas, algorithms, logarithms, geometry, etc., all fit into daily life on earth with out much effort and with great appreciation. Music on the other hand gives the world an escape from order and allows expression and individuality to take place. Whether it is classical or contemporary, rap or rondo, every person on earth has a form of music they like that seems to define them socially (at least in a musical sense). But what if these two distant relatives could come together. Can mathematics really live in music, and music in mathematics? Is it possible for such an ordered concept to be reflective and expressive, while at that same time maintaining order? Of the many mathematical principles that in this world, find those that fit to music can be hard. But take the idea of beautiful music and apply it to mathematics. What is beautiful in math? Some people may answer that question be saying the golden ratio holds the beauty in math. But take that a step backwards and one lands on the numerical sequence that gives us that golden ratio. That sequence is the well known Fibonacci sequence. This sequence, first mentioned by the Leonardo Fibonacci in his Liber Abaci in 1202 AD. From there however it was not really followed…

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