The Universal Language: Mathematics or Music?

11 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2017

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Ravi Kashyap

Gain Knowledge Group; SolBridge International School of Business; City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Economics & Finance

Date Written: November 11, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kashyap, Ravi, The Universal Language: Mathematics or Music? (November 11, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3069685 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3069685

Ravi Kashyap (Contact Author)

Gain Knowledge Group ( email )

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SolBridge International School of Business ( email )

151-13 Samsung 1-dong, Dong-gu
Daejeon, 300-814
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) - Department of Economics & Finance ( email )

83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong

HOME PAGE: http://www.cb.cityu.edu.hk/research/student/rkashyap3/

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