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Urantians believe that human minds are created at birth, but the soul does not develop until about age six. They also believe 34 A Passion for Mathematics [mathematical curves], spinning to their own music, is a wondrous, spiritual event” (Paul Rapp, in Kathleen McAuliffe, “Get Smart: Controlling Chaos,” Omni ). Mathematics and God. “Philosophers and great religious thinkers of the last century saw evidence of God in the symmetries and harmonies around them— in the beautiful equations of classical physics that describe such phenomena as electricity and magnetism.
The mystery of Ramanujan. After years of working through Ramanujan’s notebooks, the mathematician Bruce Berndt said, “I still don’t understand it all. I may be able to prove it, but I don’t know where it comes from and where it fits into the rest of mathematics. The enigma of Ramanujan’s creative process is still covered by a curtain that has barely been drawn” (Robert Kanigel, The Man Who Knew Infinity, 1991). The special number 7. ” Even in recent times, there have been tribes that used no numbers higher than 7.
Moreover, Euler wasn’t the type of person to make such a zany comment. While people of the time did seek simple mathematical proofs of God, the “Euler versus Diderot” story was probably fabricated by the English mathematician De Morgan (1806–1871). Science and religion. “I have always thought it curious that, while most scientists claim to eschew religion, it actually dominates their thoughts more than it does the clergy” (Fred Hoyle, astrophysicist, “The Universe: Past and Present Reflections,” Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1982).