I am a mathematician by profession, specialising in the heady world of low-dimensional topology and knot theory. I used to think that mathematics was the closest thing we have to magic, but now I would disagree. In some sense it's the furthest possible thing: there is no real "depth" in mathematics, there is just subtlety. Changing viewpoint can afford us vistas of extraordinary beauty, but only if we choose the right way of looking at things. To say that an idea or theorem is deep is more to say that it opens up profoundly new way of thinking. Perhaps all the theorems we see as being hard are just being seen from the wrong point of view...
A dark necromancer has discovered a way of making the magical energy cost of resurrection less than the energy he can gain by draining their life force. Given a sufficient supply of mind-drained minions, ultimate power beckons.
Ideas ( System ) | February 2, 2004 |