Monday, November 17, 2008

Western Thought Wednesday: Berkeley and That Other Guy

That Other Guy said, "I refute Berkeley thus." He then kicked a rock. Berkeley has yet to be impressed by this comment. I wonder what he would think of today's XKCD.

15 comments:

Mandos said...

I have an irrefutable proof that the square root of -1 is 1.

mdh said...

absolutely.

Chuckles said...

What's the square root of zero? So unprofound.

Mandos said...

The square root of zero is zero. If you think about it, it's pretty deep.

The "official" "story" is that the square root of -1 is an "imaginary" number, as though numbers could be imaginary. I think this is patently false.

Observe:

sqrt(-1) is equal to (-1)^(1/2), by definition of square root.

(-1)^(1/2) is equal to (-1)^(2/4), because 1/2 = 2/4.

(-1)^(2/4) is equal to (-1)^(2*(1/4)) because 2/4 = 2*(1/4)

(-1)^(2*(1/4)) is equal to ((-1)^2)^(1/4) by definition of exponent.

((-1)^2)^(1/4) is equal to 1^(1/4) because -1 squared is just 1.

And 1 to the power of anything is just 1.

Therefore the square root of -1 is not some strange "imaginary" "number" concept, but merely 1. However, mathematicians have conspired to suppress my research.

Stop Big Math now!

Adorable Girlfriend said...

OMG. Is this WRN?!! Fulliecakes is going to bust out in Danish and do string theory proofs for us soon. Gaaaaaahhh.

Could we get back to FG where we discuss who dated a stripper in college or who should be schtupping AG. Please!!!!!!

Mandos said...

That does not compute. Or compote, if you're hungry.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

AG is going to compute in a minute and then start banning some tuckus. Billy P., go ahead and pluralize that tuckus because it's collective, MISSY!

Mandos said...

I am hungry. Anyone got some raspberry compote?

rotten mcdonald said...

BP has been brain-eated.

Mandos said...

How about some British dialect? "Brain-et".

mdh said...

I had some compote, but someone stuck their math in it.

Mandos said...

That sounds dirty, mdh.

Chuckles said...

Did someone say zombies?

AG ain't banning anyone.

Kathleen said...

everyone in califronia compotes their trash. It makes great fertilizer!

Adorable Girlfriend said...

I am going to ban Chuckles for that.
Ban.
Ban.
Ban.

Banned.