During my undergraduate studies, there was a Mathematics class where we had the discussion of whether Mathematics was a human invention, or if it was already created in the Universe. There are those of us who may fall into one category, or the other. There are also those who are in-between. What I hope cannot be disputed, emphasis on hope, is that the behavior of patterns was in practice before we existed.
In describing this behavior, the written and documented application came forth as a universal language that is called Mathematics. Whether we speak a different spoken language, or come from a different part of the world, we both can speak and apply Mathematics because it is a language we can both understand, without things being lost in translation. Having said this, for Physics and Quantum Physics, I completely understand if you do not agree with me here if you feel Mathematics may have limitations, but so does everything else. Context just may be the birthplace of applying limitations. In all things, it is a language that applies to describe the behavior of the Universe in terms of numbers, patterns, and geometries, regardless of where we call home.
In my philosophy, the behavior of patterns was already in existence. I could not imagine a human being teaching a bee, for example, on effective methods of building hexagonal shaped compartments within the hive for better storage. These were practices over a span of time, passed down from generation to generation, that bees have understood for their own survival and wellbeing. The same can be understood botanically.
Botanically speaking, plants have learned and adapted over time on which patterns and geometries produce the best results of being pollinated, creating the best nectar, for thriving growth, and reproduction under changing conditions, or within their sustained environment. Both animal kingdom and plant kingdom practice this dance of patterns, if you will, that is this intelligent composed music of the Universe. What we have done is write down the notes, played it to listen for our own understanding and experience, and painted the picture using the language of Mathematics.
In order to continue to dance in harmony and melody, we continue to observe, continue to learn from our Botanical teachers, and protect what was already thriving, before we existed, so that this can continue in existence for generations to come.
Christina Grossman, MA, CA, CH
I am not the first, nor the last of expressing and sharing the beauty of mathematics in Nature. What I will share in this blog are thoughts, experiences, and lessons learned to validate life, both human and botanical, living mathematically.