Mathematics Embrace the Pilgrim

Imagination & Reasoning in Purgatory Canto XVII


  • Astred Ngnepieba


Like our imaginations, the world of mathematics is not constrained by the real world, yet it’s imperative that ideas in math are supported by theorem and reason. Here lies a harmonious relationship: the place of vision and imagination behind understanding and reasoning. “Mathematics Embrace the Pilgrim” connects the mathematical oddity, the Banach-Tarski Paradox, to imagining-reasoning relations within Dante Alighieri’s Purgatory Canto XVII. In turn, expounded is the value of interdisciplinary inquiry and its contribution to additional dimensions of analysis.

For additional context, watch the author's reflection on the piece below.


Author's Reflection



How to Cite

Ngnepieba, A. (2023). Mathematics Embrace the Pilgrim: Imagination & Reasoning in Purgatory Canto XVII. SCAFFOLD: A SHOWCASE OF VANDERBILT FIRST-YEAR WRITING, 5. Retrieved from