Our library has been coloured blue. That is to say, we have blue books displayed in various parts of the library. Random, you say? I call it serendipitous.
How valuable can serendipity be? Let’s explore a ‘blue’ search on Google. A simple Google search (which, as we know, will filter results differently for each person) retrieved the top result of a Wikipedia definition of ‘blue’: Blue is the colour of the clear sky and the deep sea. It is located between violet and green on the optical spectrum.
Surveys in the U.S. and Europe show that blue is the colour most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, distance, infinity, the imagination, cold, and sometimes with sadness. In U.S. and European public opinion polls it is overwhelmingly the most popular colour, chosen by almost half of both men and women as their favourite colour.
I wonder if there have been any Australian studies.
Search results for ‘blue’ selecting the ‘maps’ option gave me a map highlighting all the places with ‘blue’ in their title close to Melbourne High School – which is where I am at the moment.
The top result for ‘blue’ filtering for ‘Australia’ was a link to the Beyond Blue, the Australian organisation ‘working to increase understanding and of anxiety and depression in Australia and to reduce the associated stigma’. Three million Australians are living with anxiety and depression according to the website. I would think that is a conservative number. I assume that the Google search retrieved this website because we are currently in Mental Health Week.
A Google Search for ‘blue’ using the filters ‘news’ and ‘past week’ retrieved news of the 2014 Nobel Prize for physics.
The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to a trio of scientists in Japan and the US for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs).
Professors Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura made the first blue LEDs in the early 1990s.
I thought I’d put Google through the hoops and set the search filters for ‘blue’ to ‘Australia’ and ’20th century’. There was one result (hard to believe) and it was the Australian Zoo.
Blue has turned out to be quite interesting, don’t you think?
This is a small book with big questions. You can borrow it from our library if you are drawn to the big questions in maths. Thanks to Catherine Morton for the blue displays.