What is Metaphoric Math?

Metaphor is defined as:

figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money). broadly figurative language.

-Merriam Webster dictionary

Math, in the case of this blog, will encompass a wide range of mathematics from basic arithmetic to high school algebra, calculus, and geometry, with some statistics thrown in for good measure.

Do you need to have a solid understanding of math to make sense of this blog? NO! Of course, it is helpful to understand the basic elementary principles of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, but I intend to treat more advanced math concepts as a grammar nerd would approach a new vocabulary word, by providing a basic definition that is in turn applied to an everyday life concept.

For example, a formula is defined as:

a general fact, rule, or principle expressed in usually mathematical symbols

-Merriam Webster dictionary

A formula for success could consist of looking at the number of hours during any given day that are currently allotted to various things, and then subtracting and adding as necessary to reach a more balanced equation that is in line with your goals.

I will use the platform of Metaphoric Math liberally; sometimes numbers will just be presented as the data and statistics they are without a specific analogy attached. I may explore topics such as fractals in nature and sacred geometry alongside concepts like the 4 hour work week and economic trends, or perhaps reference the relationship of time signatures in music to emotion.

I’ve never claimed to be a “numbers person“, and up until a few days ago I never would have guessed I would be writing a blog with Math in the title. Sometimes the mind takes us to unexpected places, and I’m excited to explore this new, uncharted territory. I have no idea where the 2020 Math Project will lead, but I fully anticipate the exercise in regular blogging will promote health, so to speak, in many aspects of everyday life.