I am sure you remember the film Pi and especially this part:
‘Restate my assumptions: One, mathematics is the language of nature. Two, everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers. Three: If you graph the numbers of any system, patterns emerge. Therefore, there are patterns everywhere in nature.’
I don’t say we have to take it literally but there is some truth in it. If one tries to see everything as a pattern unfolding in front of the eyes, somehow the entire picture can transform and gently slide towards a more imaginative view of the common reality.
Any tiny adjustment in visual perception makes the world more geometrically beautiful, as there’s pattern in the waves of the ocean as well as there is pattern in all the art we create.
Regarding ‘mathematics as the language of nature’, if you think that the only perfect number we know, so far, is the infinite one, then that part can also have truth in it.
Anyway, since it is through numbers that we shape the places we live, math definitely is the language of our ‘second nature’ wrapped up in tiles, wallpapers or fabrics, and gravitating around objects that we need or other ones, that we simply like to see around us. So, geometrical design goes along with a walk in the city, with clothes, chocolate, wine, buildings, stairs, dinner, music and every little nothing or big deal of one’s daily life.
And a short footnote: i find Aronofky’s Pi to be pretty close to Borges’ Aleph, starting from the way the concept of infinite is defined and ending with the very human reaction to not bearing the perception of it.
By the way, Aronofksy’s got a really cool website. And allow the camera to see you.