Saturday, February 7, 2009

Math Metaphor

Physics is my first, and only lasting, love. I have just started painting the number on my wall, which seemed a better solution than tattooing it on my body. I am at about 250 digits and hope my landlord doesn’t find out. The other wall will contain as many digits as it will hold of the number e, another of my favourite numbers. And when you put e and ∏ together with i (i=n√-1), well that is just about supreme.

The basic formula is:

e(AA+iSG) = (eAA )(eiSG) = (eAA)((cos SG) + i(sin SG))

where AA=Amy Acker and SG=Summer Glau are real numbers.

Basically, what happens by raising e to i is you take an exponentially increasing number and turn it into a sinusoidal wave.

And Euler’s Identity, orgasmically incorporating five of the best numbers (e, i, , 1, 0), is:


There are some therapeutic metaphors out there that imply that you can temper an infinitely growing and out of control emotion with imagination turning it into a stable, oscillating, continuous wave. However, this metaphor is derived from a somewhat limited view of complex numbers because under that assumption, AA=Amy Acker would have to be equal to 0 and who wants to live in a world without Amy Acker? Not me.

A more correct metaphor would be that while i, or imagination or self-awareness or whatever therapeutic word you want to insert, can give a stable form, AA needs to be at a healthy, tolerable level. Since a psychiatric disorder does not allow such attenuation, other methods such as medication, meditation, exercise…need to be included in the therapy. What I am trying to say is talking and/or thinking about a problem, even creatively, is not sufficient to heal. Practical, real number, measures need to carried out for any real change to occur. And, like math or any language, the exercises need to be practiced regularly in order for understanding or change to become innate. This can be a problem in more passive therapeutic styles where the therapist makes many valid suggestions of treatment but does not assist the patient in carrying them out.

i-i = √(eπ) – “Gentlemen, we have not the slightest idea what this equation means, but we may be sure that it means something very important”. (Benjamin Peirce)

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