Posted by Mitch on January 16, 2002, at 1:07:17
In reply to Re: Music and Math? I'll Post In PB Social » IsoM, posted by lou pilder on January 15, 2002, at 21:22:41
> Sid gets a gold star. He answered correctly that the next number in the sequence 1,1,2,3,? would be 5. This is called a Fibbonacci sequence and it has great importance to the subject of musical hallucinations. Beethoven's music fit the patteren of a Fibbonacci sequence. I believe that there is a mathematical cure to stopping the music and it is related to Fibbonacci's work.
I remember watching that indie film PI. Watch that movie and grab a calculator or scratch out the problems that the little girl in the stairway comes up with for the math recluse to solve. You will see some interesting things. It tends to link number theory and mysticism. I talked to a philosophy prof. in college about similar things and he dismissed it as debunked Platonic number mysticism. The movie PI tends to point out that you can waste your time chasing your tail over such things (and ended up with the mathematician self-mutilating his ability to do mathematics).
Music seems to be some form of inverted "negative" of mathematics. I know diddly-squat about musical "mechanics" and only mediocre mathematical "mechanics". BUT, ask a musician about the structure (written) music sometime and what it means. I get the feeling that it is a science and structure of "nothingness"-timing-time, etc. You are "counting" "nothings" (intervals) as opposed to counting "somethings". It is like a really cool science of "nothingness" (Music).
MEDS affect how I perceive time passing. Meds that help my ADHD seem to *expand* the present moment to include remembered contexts and help me anticipate the future based on the past-a flow experience. Prozac especially seemed to enable me to see patterns as "pretty".
Most mathematics seems to be a lot of "pretty ideas". Maybe depression has something to do with the *perception* in the *mind's eye* of *ugliness* or *beauty* with the abstractions we all create in our heads from experience which can be greatly swayed chemically.