Monday, October 15, 2012

Numbers And Truth

On October 19-21, Göteborg, Sweden, will play host to the Marcus Wallenberg Symposium on "Numbers and Truth" where participants will discuss the philosophy and mathematics of arithmetic and truth. Numbers are the unseen heroes of our daily lives. Philosophers, scientists, designers and economists use numbers to make our ideas a reality, but the significance of numbers is often taken for granted. "Numbers and Truth" is an effort to take a deeper look at their values and significance.

In China, the number 1 is auspicious and symbolizes energy and unity. 4 in Norse mythology represents stability in the cosmos, and 5 in Hebrew is the number of stones David used to defeat Goliath and stands for strength. In Buddhism, the number 8 is the path to enlightenment. In China, ten symbolizes duality since it is the double of five (five represents totality).

Think about numbers and their significance in your life. I played 5 at soccer, 1 at cricket and 10 at rugby. Pick your number.


Mandip Kaur Sandher said...

Interesting article on Numbers and Truth.

The Sikh scripture begins with a numerical 1 implying Sat i.e. Truth is 1. The 10th Sikh Guru gave 5 K's as symbols or signs and actually used a slingshot as a child for fun. He baptized 5 Sikhs.

In Buddhism, the Five Dhyani Buddhas also known as the Five Wisdom Tathāgatas.

The Book of Five Rings
The Classic Masterpiece by Miyamoto Musashi.

Whatever way we look at numbers I feel there is an undercurrent joke we have not quite "got yet" but slowly Universal Truth is revealing itself through game play

Brainpicker said...

Great article and very interesting! I was surprised not to see the number 7 in your post, which is mentioned in the bible more than 700 times. So I decided to look for more information and found the following (which is just a fragment of all the info available):

Nachmanides (12th century Spain) explains a beautiful kabbalistic concept: Seven is the number of the natural world. There are 7 days in the week, 7 notes on the musical scale and 7 directions (left, right, up, down, forward, back and center). “Seven” is the world of nature. “Eight“ is that which is beyond nature.