Late in life, **Newton** said: *'I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me'.*

**William Blake** took the mystic approach to the same concept: *'To see a World in a Grain of Sand// And Heaven in a Wild Flower// Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand// And Eternity in an hour'*

**Blaise Pascal** expressed fear: *'The eternal silence of these infinite spaces terrifies me!'*

Years ago I was working on the ART OF LANGUAGE series, a series of paintings inspired by the languages of our world and concepts unique to those languages. While preparing a talk on the subject, I picked up a mathematical textbook. I wanted to illustrate the point that mathematics is not a language, just as musical notation is not a language.

The mathematician **Robin Whitty **was kind enough to give my paintings about mathematics a mention on his **website **and in truth he did warn me I might have *some stray mathematicians coming my way...*