“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination”. Albert Einstein
Maurits Cornelis Escher is an artist who is loved by mathematicians. He was born in Leeuwarden, Holland in 1898, and created unique and fascinating works of art that explore and exhibit a wide range of mathematical ideas.
For the student of mathematics, Escher’s work encompasses two broad areas: the geometry of space, and what might be called the logic of space. The “logic” of space means those spatial relations among physical objects which are necessary, and which when altered, result in visual paradoxes, sometimes called optical illusions
Among the most important of Escher’s works from a mathematical point of view are those dealing with the nature of space itself. To get a sense of what this space is like, imagine that you are actually in the picture. We are ruled by our perceptions and Escher challenges those perceptions.
The world has serious problems, and we need serious thinkers to solve them. Our present government knows we are ruled by our perceptions, but they are ruled by red tape, political correctness and statistics. Their answer is to switch the facts around to make it seem that things are getting better, when really it is all going horribly wrong.
When concern over our economy was at its worst, Gordon Brown said “Nobody can prove that what we have done isn’t right and that my facts are not correct” and the smirk on his face said it all. His moral compass is totally adrift.
The concern of the present government is to hang on to the reins of power. That is the only objective. They don’t even attempt to come up with solutions, because intellectually, that task is totally beyond them.
We need original thinkers, who continually challenge current perceptions. We need leaders with the creative spark to see round corners, men with ideals, who can come up with inspired, imaginative solutions. Those people are there, and we need to vote for them. The answers lie with people used to thinking outside the box.