Mathematics and UFOs
Professor (in the Department of Computer and Information Science at Brooklyn College) Noson S. Yanofsky in his erudite book, The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathema- tics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us [The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2013] devotes much material to the mathematical core of physics.
(I’ve noted, earlier here, that mathematics has become the sine qua non of the physicists’ milieu, more so now than any time in the past, some physicists equating math as the language of God or God itself. Of course, the rubric God is not invoked. That designation [God] is anathema to almost all scientists but, when reading between the lines, one has to note that science and physicists, in particular, see themselves as a priesthood using the abstruse machinations of mathematics as their liturgy, and math is, for them, at least, the voice of God.)
Professor Yanofsky Quotes Paul Dirac [1902-1984]:
“It seems to be one of the fundamental features of nature that fundamental physical laws are described in terms of mathematical theory of great beauty and power, needing quite a high standard of mathematics for one to understand it. You may wonder why is nature constructed along these lines? One can only answer that our present knowledge seems to show that it is so constructed. We simply have to accept it. One could perhaps describe the situation by saying that God is a mathematician of a very high order, and He used very advanced mathematics in constructing the universe.” [Page 252-253, italics mine]
That is the view of most physicists today, even though they will play down the mention of God, inserting, euphemistically, Math as the sobriquet for the Divinity.
So, if we, like physicists, see math as the “voice of God” or the underpinning language of the Universe, doesn’t it seem likely that any alien life form (or extraterrestrial beings that some UFO aficionados see as occupying flying saucers or UFOs) would also be using the universal language – math?
But how would that Math be rendered?
Since human math is constructed from linguistic symbols of human creation and unique to Earth by virtue of the evolutionary vicissitudes of written communication for this planet, what would an alien mathematical equation look like?
That is, what would the symbolic representation of mathematics look like, if originated from a culture outside this solar system or galaxy, an extraterrestrial culture?
We’ve dealt with symbols allegedly spotted on UFOs from witnesses, the Socorro insignia getting much attention from us, but also the symbols indicated by witnesses of other flying saucer/UFO sightings:
Are some of those symbols, if authentic and noted by credible UFO witnesses, elements of an extraterrestrial mathematics – the language of the Universe or God?
Are UFO investigators remiss in neglecting this aspect of UFO sightings and reports?
I think they are, and I bet Professor Yanofsky might agree, if he wasn’t so enamored of what mathematics cannot tell us.