QUOTE: “Nature doesn’t know mathematics; but nature demonstrates mathematics.”

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My coffee shop friend, Dr. Pavlides, shared another quote with me the other day.  I think I’m paraphrasing it, but as I remember it he said, “Nature doesn’t know mathematics; but nature demonstrates mathematics.”  I new immediately what he was saying, but the concept was not to leave me and has been rattling around in […]

CALCULUS: a system or arrangement of intricate or interrelated parts


As a person who has a love/hate relationship with math, it is strange for me to find myself writing a posting on the subject of calculus.  I barely made it through plain geometry in high school.  In college I liked the basic math course required for graduation so much that I took it three times!  […]

AMBIGUOUS: lacking clearness or definiteness; obscure; indistinct:


Ambiguous is a word that can have a couple of meanings.  One is that it is a word that describes a phenomenon when one or more definitions can apply, such as the illustration to the right.   Is it a beautiful woman or is it Bill Clinton waxing jazz on a saxophone?   The point is that […]

POSTULATE: to assume without proof, or as self-evident; take for granted.


You may have come across the word postulate when studying math.   In the field of mathematics the word means an unproven theory about the outcome of a problem.  Not being much of a math student (ever) I can’t even speculate as to how that plays into the field. But the definition in math is pretty […]

ALGORITHM: a set of rules for finding a solution in a specific number of steps

No, you don’t have to be a well-schooled mathematician in order to understand today’s posting.   While algorithm is a word appropriately identified with advanced mathematics to describe a process for solving problems, it is not restricted to that realm.  If it were, I would have hit the delete button long before this.  Math and I […]