Posted in the Harvard University Forum
#1 Jan 10, 2013
Mathematicians use numbers to understand relationships between quantities. Because sometimes objects and quantities of objects are ambiguous even to physicists, mathematicians have to account for the reality of uncertainty by creating conceptual, theoretical, philosophical, or even "imaginary numbers."
Indeed, much of algebra and calculus confers to imagining quantities and numeric representations of quantities. For example, if I make an imaginary number (say a number only known to an alien species much more intelligent and sensitive than humans) and call the number "i," how can I manipulate the imaginary number i (i.e., "2i," "200i," "-200i" etc.) to derive an understanding of relationships between quantities that are otherwise invisible, simply probable or predicted, or conceptualizations of ominous infinities?
Philosophical Hollywood (USA) movies such as "I.Q." (1994), "Soul Food" (1997), and "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) use everyday intelligence and consciousness symbols to characterize perception sensitivities and species uncertainties.
Perhaps such movies represent society's fascination with uncertainty probability imagination.
Are they printing movie posters on hemp/recycled paper yet?
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