By Richard Clark
When I was younger, I held the naive and incorrect view that mathematics was divorced from the arts. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more aware of not only how mathematics is the foundation for any of the hard sciences, but also how it is intrinsically linked to essentially any form of creativity. Certainly users of our Wolfram Music Theory Course Assistant could have told me that, but I’m not just referring to music. In truth, I’m not even trying to make some highbrow appeal to abstract art, either, although I happen to rather like that sort of thing. What I’m trying to say is that mathematical equations can make pretty pictures.
How awesome is that? And you know, as much as I adore butterflies—and I love them with all of my heart—I like other things that fly, too. Many people were enthralled when we showed off the bat insignia, but while I appreciate bats and the men who follow them, in truth I’ve always found a deeper beauty in men who can fly, and without the aid of machinery. They’re super.