Pythagoras saying that, “all things are numbers”. We can see that numbers too like poetry have emotions


On the surface, poetry and science appear to be very different. In poetry inaccuracy and ambiguity of language is essential though it is largely associated with the subconscious mind, on the other hand, science aims at clear definitions. In science, language is limited in words and is in accordance with logic. We can give the example of Mathematics, where words are replaced by symbols and symbols are connected and defined so that scientists can make condensed formulas. But these symbols, when used, need detailed explanations. Many mathematicians believe that mathematics is not just a language to describe nature but is inherent in nature. As the famous saying of Pythagoras goes, “All things are numbers”. Philosophy and mathematics go together to understand certain riddle regarding the universe. The mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz once said - The only way to rectify our reasoning is to make them as tangible as those of the Mathematicians, so that we can find our error at a glance, and when there are disputes among persons, we can simply say: Let us calculate without further ado, to see who is right.

Let us take the example of ‘Leelavathiyam’ which I have mentioned in my preface. This was a book written by an Indian mathematician Bhaskara II in the year 1150. This book is well known for its mathematical problems but is more popular for its poetic language. It is hard to tell if it should be appreciated as poetry or as mathematics (Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry). Mathematicians consider this as one the greatest books of their time while poets are astonished by its elegant poetic expression.


“Whilst making love, a necklace broke

A row of pearls misled

One-sixth fell on the floor

One-fifth upon the bed

The young woman saved one-third of them

One-tenth was caught by her lover

If six pearls remained upon the string

How many pearls were there altogether

This in its original language is an example of classic poetry. The scene was created in such a way that the poetic images of that era were depicted, but in reality, this is a mathematic problem to be solved.

Now let’s come back to Pythagoras saying that, “all things are numbers”. We can see that numbers too like poetry have emotions. It gives a wider space for emotions in very limited words. In mathematics, the expansion of images is there but the person solving the problem cannot make his own decision, though he is allowed to solve the problem using different methods. But in poetry, the reader is free to create his own emotions different from that of the poet or others who read it. According to Bertrand Russell, “The combination of mathematics and theology, which began with Pythagoras, characterized religious philosophy in Greece, in the Middle Ages, and in modern times down to Kant.

don't we add number poetry in next issue? let us try

New issue of the journal in on, the artist of the issue is -Chetan Audichya, his art is more Indian, and give the glimpse of the life down to earth.

with best wishes


Rati Saxena



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