Sunday, January 9, 2011

Repost: The Astounding and Complex Design of Numbers

I wrote this post nearly a year and a half ago about numbers.  This post displays the amazing complexity of how God created numbers for the purpose of showing us how magnificently astounding and awesome He is.  Most of you probably think numbers are absolutely boring.  Think again, because wait and see what God puts on display for you in this repost.

The Astounding and Complex Design of Numbers
As written by Joshua on September 23, 2009

I bet you all are wondering what I am going to write about with this kind of title. As few of you know, I love mathematics. Oh boy, here he goes. He is going to talk about numbers. Yada, yada, yada. I can already hear what you all are thinking. Before you close your minds to the rest of this post, could I please ask of you to hear what I have to say about this topic? First, this post is directed toward the Creator of all numbers. He deserves all the praise, glory, and honor for everything. Second, God laid it on my heart today when I was about to go to school to write a post on this subject; and then, not long after that, He confirmed it with what my Pre-cal teacher taught in class today. Third, and finally, this post will not bore you. My main purpose for writing this post is to show everyone that NUMBERS WERE CREATED BY GOD, and not by a random chance faith based process such as evolution. 

I wonder what evolutionists would say if they were asked, "How did numbers evolve." Did every answer to every problem just come out of the big bang with the organization and complexity that goes along with mathematics. Every theorem and every factual piece of mathematical evidence builds on each other. The tower of mathematics contains every theorem, every calculus derivative, every algebraic equation, every integer, and everything about mathematics; and they all line up in perfect harmony with each other. God is AWESOME. That is just the beginning folks. Hold on.

O.K., now that I have finished the introduction, we will move into what I call, the omniscience of God Almighty. Numbers, numbers, numbers; where do we begin? Well, the beginning point of all numbers are the whole numbers or the counting numbers--- 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6..... all the way to infinity. Yes, I said infinity. Is there a stopping point to the number system? No. It continues on and on and on and on. I would get very tired if I counted to infinity, but God created the number infinity to symbolize eternity. Eternity will continue on forever, while the infinite number system will continue without concluding at any point. That is an astounding fact. Oh wait, there is more. 

After the whole numbers, we delve into the exciting factories of the integer system. The integer system is anything smaller than zero ---- -1, -2, -3, and so on, until we come to my most favorite number, negative infinity. Why is negative infinity my favorite number? It is smaller than anything else on the planet. The equation of the faintest sound can't compare to negative infinity, the radius of the smallest cell can't compare to negative infinity, the size of a pinprick cannot even compare to the greatness of God; which is found in the number negative infinity. The same can be said with positive infinity, but I am always astounded by the greatness of God with extremely small items or numbers. It is truly fascinating and overwhelming to think of the greatness of God; because He is so magnificent. Thank you Lord for creating numbers for your glory and honor.

With the conclusion of the realm of the integer system, (I forgot to say that the integer system also includes whole numbers, but I wanted to proclaim my enjoyment of negative integers with talking about the negative aspect of integers rather than the positive aspect of integers for writing purposes =D.), we will glimpse into the sphere of rational numbers. I said glimpse because rational numbers don't create much excitement. Why? Rational numbers contain your basic everyday fractions and rational square roots; and rational numbers don't play a role in this post at all except for it's mere mention.  But, there is a sphere of numbers that reaches beyond the realm of rational numbers, though, and that is the distinctive array of irrational numbers. 

Irrational numbers come in many different shapes and forms, but they are usually displayed as non-terminating, non-repeating decimals that continue infinitely long. The incredible factor of an irrational number continuing infinitely long is the fact that there is no possible exact value (in human terms) that can be given to an irrational number. God only knows the exact value. The non-terminating decimal of pi is a great example of that. The value given for pi is usually 3.14. Calculators can only complete some of the never ending decimal, but not all of it. Only God can, which makes the arena of numbers so interesting, because it creates practical applications for our lives. God knows the answers to everything, so why don't we trust Him? Why don't we take up our cross daily and follow Him? Why don't we seek His will for our lives? His good, pleasing, and perfect will for our lives (Romans 12:2). It is definitely something to think about.

The arena of irrational numbers does not end there. I am almost finished. Hang in there. Did you know that there are an infinite number of values between 1 and 2? Yes. Irrational numbers and rational numbers completely fill the gap between 1 and 2 or any other two close numbers. You could choose a value like the square root of 3, which is between 1 and 2; or you could choose 1.000000000098, which is also between 1 and 2. An infinite number of values can be placed between the two numbers one and two. Amazing. Only God can do that. 

After the irrational numbers, we dig into the realm of complex numbers. Complex numbers, which include the imaginary parts and numbers, are in a completely different sphere than any of the other numbers we have talked about. They include negative rational equations, in the form of i, with the 4 parts of i; which are -1, 1, i, and -i. Complex numbers are incredible, because they can even transform to real numbers, which is a miracle, considering everything else we have delved into. Is that all? No, there is one more array of numbers that was created by the hand of God. You will only learn about these numbers, if you go beyond Calculus, but these numbers are called transcendental numbers. These numbers are beyond the recesses of the real number system, and the fingerprints of God are stamped all over this number system; because He alone is transcendent. I have one last question.

Is God amazing or what?


Lady Helen Mar said...

Wow, I have a whole new appreciation for numbers now. Just reading all that was overwhelming and then to apply all of that and more to God....I am speechless!!
Through Christ,

Camden said...

I love how God can take something that we would call simple and make it so amazingly. I remember similarly thinking of geometry, and how there are an infinite number of points on any line segment of any length. Maybe I'm sounding like a nerd here too, but if it means grasping how much I can't grasp God, I think even math has a powerful use! =)


Genesis 15:5

And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."

Lilac Bud Gal said...

You know, I don't like Math. I just can't ever get it most of the time. And numbers typically just scare me! ;) However, this post definitely changed my perspective!

Thanks! God is truly AWESOME.

In Christ's Service,

drhabost said...

Thanks for this post. Despite my poor grasp of maths, or perhaps because of it, the wonder of numbers just makes the fact of creation all the more real to me!

Thanks from Scotland
DR Morrison

Joshua said...

It is amazing, because God is so transcendent. Nothing can take his place. Thanks for the comment. :)

Yeah, it is pretty astounding how God can take something simple from our vantage point and make it with amazing precision. No, you are not sounding like a nerd at all. I enjoy this stuff just as much, so keep it up man. He can use many things for His glory. That's for sure. :)

We are the opposite, but we agree on one thing. That is that God created numbers so astoundingly in order to display His glory. Thanks for the comment. :)

Dr. Morrison,
I appreciate the greetings from Scotland. Yeah, it is so incredible how God created numbers and math in general. It clearly defines his existence. Thanks for the comment. :)

Jess said...

This is the first of your posts that I read, and one of my favorites. I'm glad you reposted it--I really enjoyed reading it again.