Book Review: Yes, God Is A Mathematician

Yes, God Is A Mathematician:  The World’s Most Ancient Mystery:  The Secret Of Vedas Cracked, by Dhanesh Kumar M.

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Books Go Social.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

This was an interesting book to read.  I don’t think I would consider this a good book, or at least as good a book as the author seems to think it is, but it was a very interesting book.  For the record, I do believe in the mathematical nature of God’s creation and that, properly understood, there is no difference between true science and true religion, and no need for there to be compromise between the two [1].  There is, however, a lot of bad science, and bad philosophy, and bad religion, and this book shows at least some of the last two of those qualities, although not to the extent that it makes this work entirely without pleasure even for a reader like myself that lacks any belief in or a great deal of interest in Hindu religion.  This book is clearly meant at someone who has a high degree of regard in and interest in and knowledge in Hindu religion already and as such I am not the ideal target audience for this book even though I found a great deal of the discussion intriguing if somewhat overblown.

This short book of about 80 pages or so is divided into eight Platonic pseudo-dialogues, and your enjoyment of this book will depend at least somewhat on the ability you have of suspending disbelief that the dialogues are capturing a genuine conversation, or at least a reasonable enough facsimile to buy into it.  The dialogues get longer as the book progresses, and as the author assumes that the reader has bought into it.  The dialogues open with a class introduction that introduces the characters, with the teacher being a likely stand-in for the author.  After this the author discusses the mystery of temple towers, before looking at ancient vedic textual codes.  The teacher then looks at the paradoxical nature of vedic reality before explaining to an eager group of pseudo-students the principles of Vasthusathra.  The final three chapters of the book showcase the author’s attempt to demystify the concept of Mandalas, elucidate the algorithm of the Vasthusathra, and to present a Hindu mathematical nature of reality.  For the vast majority of people, this book will make almost no sense whatsoever, and for those who do understand enough of the book’s context, it will read as if the author is attempting to initiate the reader into a heathen mystery religion.

And it is for this reason that the book struck me as both interesting and ultimately problematic.  As I mentioned earlier, I am someone with a high degree of confidence in God’s mathematical abilities, looking at the degree of highly precise mathematical information that has been encoded in the laws that govern the physical universe as well as the behavior of organisms.  I would have been very pleased with a presentation that discussed the mathematical model of the ancient Hindu peoples, knowing as I do (thanks to my studies of Babylonian, Egyptian, and Greek mathematics) of the intricate connection between studies of mathematics and certain heathen worldviews.  That said, I have a strong hostility towards the snobbish and antiegalitarian attitude that undergirds much of the mystery religion approach, whether one looks at the Hindus, the gnostics, or the Masons, and any other number of similar approaches.  This book fails largely because it shows an approach to architecture and life that puts people rigidly into a place and does not allow for growth or improvement.  If there is a spirit at the base of Hindu religion, it is a hierarchical religion of authoritarian demons, and no spirit I want any part of.

[1] See, for example:

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