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Homeless genius or crack pot.

  1. Jun 29, 2007 #1
    lol if you have time for a 6minute video watch this homeless guy is talking about suposed non-linear algebra. I couldnt follow ...

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=Tc-kjz9s2IA&mode=related&search=

    If anyone can follow this to me the numbers just dont seem to add up please explain...
     
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  3. Jun 29, 2007 #2
    What a waste of time.
     
  4. Jun 29, 2007 #3
    how can you resist the charm of a hobo.
     
  5. Jun 29, 2007 #4
    I want 5 minutes of my life back.

    I've seen better hobos.
     
  6. Jun 29, 2007 #5
    Not really, it just isn't presented in a decent format or logical way. I don't think it would be difficult to add rigor to what he is describing though. Look at the top comment about graphs, that is pretty much what he is doing, his comments about math though are rather unfounded.
     
  7. Jun 29, 2007 #6
    His argument is that mathematics is flawed because we can alter the mathematical ideas expressed through the physical by changing the way we read numbers and operators. What value does that have? We use a certain convention of symbols and within that convention we are able to express ideas. 1+1+1 means "one unit that is put together with another unit and then another unit". This idea is universal and the convention allows anyone to translate those 5 symbols into an idea. He doesn't seem to understand that; for him, mathematics is about traveling through numbers and operators in space. If we wants the placement in triangle to mean the coalition of 4 sets of units, he must specify so, making it a convention just like the one we normally use.
     
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  8. Jun 29, 2007 #7
    the point at ~3.00 is ridiculous, 3x1 = 2 + 3? w/e kind of algebra he's invented its definitely not the regular kind.
     
  9. Jun 29, 2007 #8
    I'm certainly not arguing that this has any validity in regards to the way we traditionally do mathematics, but it is an interesting idea to think about it more in the context of graph theory or the like. But the point about the order in which we read a string of operators and operands(is that the right word) is actually rather imporant, the reason we can add in both directions( ie 1+2 is the same as 2+1) is because addition is a commutative operation, not all operations are commutative, however, take subtraction as an example. I won't deny his presentation is rather poor, but I think it would be an interesting topic to research.


    I will give you this, but it does point out that even if what he is presenting could be valid with some added rigor, his way of presenting it is very poor.
     
  10. Jun 29, 2007 #9
    hahah doubt to many will but if you havnt got enough of this guy he also claims to have discovered implosive gravity... and all along we were giving credit to that clown Eienstien. damn
     
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  13. Jun 30, 2007 #12

    Gib Z

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    "Until now everyone has always told you direction has nothing to do with mathematics, It has to do with physics". Well think about matrices mate. Mathematicians have always told my that they aren't commutative. And I'm quite sure we do have forms of what he calls "planar and volumic" mathematics. He seems like he knows something about mathematics, so perhaps he is just trying to explain a more complex concept to laymen, by making some things incorrect..
     
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  14. Jun 30, 2007 #13
    That could really be said of any crackpot.

    Also, view the video from post 11 before you say he isn't a nut.
     
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  15. Jun 30, 2007 #14
    no he sounds like any other crackpot with a personal language, peppered with real buzzwords, and delusions of grandeur
     
  16. Jun 30, 2007 #15

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    Uh oh, =.="

    I was tricked by his Mathematical thingy. :cry: I thought, well, this is okay, he may have an idea. But... well, must admit that I was seriously wrong. >"<

    I am not patient enough to watch his 11-minute video above, describing a 9 dimensional space :eek:.
     
  17. Jun 30, 2007 #16
    dude you really should watch it, the 9th dimension is love and then it becomes god.
     
  18. Jun 30, 2007 #17
    I would hate to have to write THAT grant application.
     
  19. Jun 30, 2007 #18
    Haha yea, I loved that part of the movie:rofl:
     
  20. Jun 30, 2007 #19

    Gib Z

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    Im capped so it would take me all day to view that :( Im Sure the title gives away enough for me to take any flattering comments back =]
     
  21. Jun 30, 2007 #20

    morphism

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    This guy is a [censored] moron.
     
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