The Universal Language: Mathematics or Music?
11 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 11, 2017
The commonly held belief is that, “Mathematics is the best way of expressing the universe. If we choose to ignore the murky waters of elementary logic, mathematics becomes the language of the universe, simply because it has to be”. But perhaps, there is another contender, a stronger one in fact, and that might be music. We discuss how music, across cultures and time, has been the constant message of hope and happiness; possibly, also being present in our very genetic codes, giving us an innate sense of rhythm and endowing the capacity for appreciation, even to newborns. We show using simple logic (isn’t logic a gift from the domain of mathematics?) that, one day, once we understand both mathematics and music better, we might see both of them as the same language. Until then, perhaps, we should consider supplementing mathematics with music, or even replacing it if necessary, depending on the extent of comprehension in the audience.
Keywords: Mathematics, Music, Languages and Linguistics, Culture, Universe, Universal Language
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