**
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**