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Fr. Spadaro’s Math

Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, tweets that, “Theology is not #Mathematics. 2 + 2 in #Theology can make 5. Because it has to do with #God and real #life of #people.” Whence the desire to separate God from the unchanging truth of math? Continue Reading »

The Divine Music of Mathematics

It is consoling to think that the emotions that music arouses in us have something to do with the makeup of the universe. The eternal relation of math and music has been a perennial question since Plato, from Boethius and Cassiodorus in late antiquity, through Dante’s celestial harmony . . . . Continue Reading »

Faith by the Numbers

Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and ­Victorian Faith by daniel j. cohen  johns hopkins university press, 256 pages, $50 It is tempting to treat mathematics as though it existed in a socio-historical vacuum, unaffected by what happens to people and societies. Though, like any other . . . . Continue Reading »

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