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Math: Describing Nature With Math

NOVA Online’s Peter Tyson writes, “If you’re like me, you understand readily how one can describe nature’s wonders using poetry or music, painting or photography. Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” richly depict their natural subjects, as do Monet’s water lilies and Ansel Adams’ photos of Yosemite. But mathematics? How can you describe a tree or cloud, a rippled pond or swirling galaxy using numbers and equations?” Find out more in this article.

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