[SATLUG] [OT] 205.jpg (JPEG Image, 725x275 pixels)

ed horned0wl93 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 13 13:58:44 CDT 2008


Borries Demeler wrote:
>> 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. 
>   
If you turn 8 on it's side, you have "infinity," also a play on numbers...

Cheers;
Ed

> -b.
>
>   
>>>>> Dennis Myhand <dmyhand at suddenlink.net> 06/13/2008 07:55 >>>
>>>>>           
>> ed wrote:
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>>> 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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