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Reading the Book of Nature

Joan Winifred

Mathematics the Science of Patterns: The Search for Order in Life, Mind, and the Universe… yeah, that’s what interested me at the library yesterday (Friday, June 6th)… and also, a textbook on chemistry.

“The great book of nature,” said Galileo, “can be read only by those who know the language in which it was written. And that language is mathematics.”

Doesn’t that statement limit the writer of nature to just 1 (original)language when… we all know the great diversity of nature (and language).

Mathematics is but 1 language… some use the term Mother Nature… some Heavenly Father… me: Yahweh/Jehovah…the Creator… is multi-lingual.  You don’t have to be fluent in math to appreciate and read the book of creation… but, certainly it helps deepen understanding and appreciation. Galileo’s statement sorta sounds to me: you can only know love if you speak English. Of course, English is my mother tongue… my so-called heart/favorite language that I best express/know love and its nuanced meanings in oral/written communication.

When linguist writes down some of the rules of grammar, what she is doing is describing by means of symbols on a page, the abstract structure of the English language that lives in our minds. ~excerpted Mathematics the Science of Patterns, p. 71

No mind, no language?  Mind, language…hmmmm:

So, when we look at, view, “read” aka enJOY nature and all its wondrous beauty, landscape, diversity, complexity…. we see the mind of God! We see his thoughts/words accomplished…aka DNA, cat, dog, water, river, mountain, flower, butterfly…

Consider: To keep themselves warm during cold weather, butterflies spread their wings in the sun. The wings of some species of swallowtail are remarkably efficient at trapping and absorbing sunlight. The insects’ secret lies not just in their dark pigment but also in the structure of microscopic, overlapping scales coating their wings. The scales, in turn, contain rows of honeycomblike holes separated by inverse V-shaped ridges that funnel light into the holes. This ingenious structure traps incoming sunlight, making the wings extremely black and warming the butterfly with amazing efficiency.

“Butterfly wings may rank among the most delicate structures in nature,” says Science Daily, “but they have given researchers powerful inspiration for new technology that doubles the production of hydrogen gas—a green fuel of the future—from water and sunlight.” Other promising applications include optical instruments and solar cells. ~excerpted The Light Absorbing Butterfly Wing

(That’s why I love/appreciate translators and their hard work… enabling us to understand in a language familiar.)

Personally, I think to fully appreciate and/or read the book of nature/creation…in depth…requires spiritual literacy.

Can we see what is invisible?!… Sure we can!

A blind person often has heightened senses of hearing and touch, which he employs to perceive the things he cannot see. Similarly, you can use your physical senses to examine the world around you and to perceive the unseen God who created it. “His invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made.”—Romans 1:20.

 Compare our situation to that of a person who is blind from birth. Does his blindness completely prevent him from understanding the world around him? Not entirely. A blind person receives information in various ways that enable him to perceive the people, objects, and activities that surround him. “Vision isn’t in the eyes,” said one blind man. “It’s in the mind.”

In a similar way, although you cannot use your physical eyes to see God, you can use “the eyes of your heart” to see him. (Ephesians 1:18)

For example, think about our home. Earth is uniquely designed for us not merely to eke out an existence but to enjoy life. When we feel a gentle breeze, bask in the warmth of the sun, taste a succulent fruit, or hear the soothing song of birds, we are delighted. Do these gifts not reveal our Creator’s thoughtfulness, tenderness, and generosity?

What can you learn about God from what you see in the physical universe? For one thing, the heavens reveal God’s power. Recent scientific evidence suggests not only that the universe is expanding but also that it is doing so at an ever faster rate! As you look up at the night sky, consider: What is the source of this energy driving the expansion and acceleration of the universe? The Bible tells us that the Creator has “vast dynamic energy.” (Isaiah 40:26) God’s creation shows us that he is “the Almighty”—the One “great in power.”—Job 37:23. ~excerpted from Can You See the Invisible God

If You find refreshment, tranquility, peace, joy… when outdoors among nature: the trees, plants, animals… may be, you’re realizing/learning Yahweh/God/Jehovah is your favorite author/mind!:)

Okay, so I need to work on my math fluency… but, in the mean time…I can still appreciate patterns…enjoy birdsong and the beach.

Is everyday math “really” everyday spirituality??

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