The distinguished mathematician, Sir Michael Francis Atiyah, who when visited Mumbai, said that God was a mathematician. This idea is not new. About fifty years ago, Sir James Jeans suggested that the universe was handiwork of a mathematician. Centuries before him Pythagoras said that all things are numbers. To Picasso, God was an artist. “God is really another artist,” he said. “He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat.” Einstein once said that the Lord is subtle and – though not malicious – is very clever.
One, who observes the universe, is confronted with the awesome feeling that there is a being greater than himself at work in it. A mathematician comes across such high mathematics as to make him aware of the triviality of his grasp of the subject. “God is a great mathematician!” he exclaims.