[SATLUG] [OT] 205.jpg (JPEG Image, 725x275 pixels)
Borries Demeler
demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Fri Jun 13 08:48:58 CDT 2008
>
> My math skills are similarly challenged. But I believe that if my feeble memory serves that SQRT(-1) is undefined (as opposed to the value of ZERO). But I could be wrong...
I think we are talking about an "imaginary" friend. In complex number
theory, the square root of a negative number is the square root of the
same number positive, times the square of i, where i is the imaginary part of
the complex number, and i * i = -1. Example:
square root of -16 is 4 * i.
In my opinion, the cartoon limps, mathematically speaking :-)
Why would 8 be able to see square root of -1 but not the other integers
is not clear to me.
-b.
>
> >>> Dennis Myhand <dmyhand at suddenlink.net> 06/13/2008 07:55 >>>
> ed wrote:
> > Any mathematicians or physicists in the house? Dunno if this is
> > topical, but thought the humor might be enjoyed.
> >
> > http://nfccomic.com/comics/205.jpg
> >
> > Cheers;
> > Ed
> >
>
> Sorry, but if it is not something like 00101010 my math skills have gone
> to hell. Why is not seeing the square root of negative one funny?
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