Color, Light, and Math – Katherine Loop

As I walked through a garden the other day, I was awestruck by the myriad of colors all around me. The light filtering through the translucent leafs and petals caused each leaf and petal to appear to be hundreds, if not thousands, of shades of green, pink, and red. I began thinking about how God could have made the world in black and white, but instead he created light in such a way that it causes us to see the world in color—and not just one color, but a seemingly infinite number of them.

While we won’t go into all of the details, color is basically particular frequencies of light. We see objects in color because certain frequencies of light are being reflected off objects. The same object changes color slightly in different lighting because the color is really the reflected light. Without light, there’d be no colors. With it, we can’t ever hope to even count or name all the possible variation of color with which God has brightened creation.

Light is incredibly complex, but math helps us explore its wonders. For example, we can use it to measure the frequency of different light waves (of which visible light is only part). There are also many systems to describe and reproduce color (RGB, CMYK, HSB, etc.). Each system uses math to help break down colors into properties we can measure. (In fact, if you want a fun math assignment, research a color system and the math used.) Yet we have so many systems because each system has weaknesses—it’s impossible to fully describe the incredible colors of light.

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Next time you step outside, pause and look up at the light streaming through the leaves. Notice the myriad of colors. And ponder the fact that God created light with a simple command: “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3).

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Math is a real-life tool that points us to God and helps us explore His creation, yet it often comes across as dry facts and meaningless rules. Here at last is a curriculum that has a biblical worldview integrated throughout the text and problems, not just added as an afterthought!

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Written by Kate [Loop] Hannon

After having her own view of math transformed, Katherine has been researching, writing, and speaking on a biblical worldview of math for more than a decade. Her books on math and a biblical worldview have been used by individuals, homeschool groups, and Christian schools and colleges, as well as a junior high math curriculum. Her husband and her are currently coauthoring an Algebra 2 program set to be released in Spring 2019. Receive a free video on transforming math at www.christianperspective.net/math/transforming-math

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