Monday, October 3, 2011

Riemann Zeta Function

Recall the famous quote by Arthur C Clarke, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".

Consider the possibility that any sufficiently confusing mathematics is indistinguishable from art.

Take, for example, The Riemann Zeta Function.

Stare at the complex plane and see Mark Rothko's influence on the variables within the equations.

Skim the Riemann Zeta Function's wikipedia page and note poetry like, "Trivial Zeros", "Asymptomatic Probability", and "the Critical Strip", "Holomorphic Functions" and "Globally Convergent Series."

Graph the Riemann Zeta Function and watch the recursive spiraling through recursive loops, only to miraculously escape the predictable. See within this graph the narrative structure of every tale you've ever read. A character faces trial after trial after trial, held back by his own nature, until finally , through the lessons he learned in those trials, he grows enough as an individual to succeed.

Listen to an MP3 of the Riemann Zeta Function represented in sound waves. Hear it's music and imagine, alternately, the glowing of Merlin's staff and the powering up of the Large Hadron Collider.

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