“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the sea shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier sea shell than ordinary whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

* Sir Isaac Newton *
Truth is more apparent than men’s thoughts may reveal. For God created man with the freedom of thought, that all men may search for the truth. For God created this world in the image of the truth. And the truth is discovered through knowledge. And knowledge can be found through mathematics and numbers.

Mathematics is the science of logical patterns, and truth is established by deduction from these patterns. Yet most assume that mathematics is a science, yet science is limited by the laws of this universe. And though math pertains to these laws, it extends beyond the laws of the universe. For the beauty of mathematics lies not in its complexity, but in its simplicity and the elegance of its truths. And the most elegant of math’s truths exists in its foundation, and its foundation is based upon numbers.

Numbers are

symbols which are utilized for measuring and counting. And as Plato expounded, “numbers are the highest degree of knowledge, for it is knowledge itself.” And the simplest of numbers is natural numbers founded in Mesopotamia in 3400 BC. And through the Mayan and Hindu civilizations, the abstraction of numbers was founded through the conception of

zero. But the most beautiful and complex of numbers are the transcendental numbers of e, i, and

π. For the mystery of numbers and the universe can be discovered in Euler’s formula.

And though knowledge is the beginning of truth, and truth is the knowledge of things as they are, man has blinded himself with ignorance. For “ignorance is the root and stem of every evil”. (Socrates) “Is it not a bad thing to be deceived about the truth, and a good thing to know what the truth is? For I assume that by knowing the truth you mean knowing things as they really are.” (Plato) For “three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.” (St. Thomas Aquinas) But man has despised knowledge and truth, and in ignorance has continued to sin against God. For through blinding ignorance man does not see, for “if you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.” (John 9:41) So let us strive to find knowledge and truth, for truth can be found in the foundation of “man’s truth” – for the truth exists in

**M**ath

**A**nd

**N**umbers.