December 31st, 2005


Recreating mathematics

When I woke up yesterday morning, I was in a half-awake state. I was thinking of perfect numbers and how all the ones we know about are even. Then I thought about triangular numbers and how the first two perfect numbers are also triangular. Even though I was too lazy to see if the third perfect number was also triangular, I thought that it was, so I thought of a way to prove it. In order to do that, though, I had to read more about it.

So I went to my friend the Wikipedia and began to read more about perfect numbers. That was when I discovered the recreation of mathematics: when we don't realize that someone has already discovered a connection, we rediscover things. Through discovering things that nobody else has realized can we find new meaning.

Is anyone giving their journals a title?

Someone asked this question in embodiment, and here's my answer:

The notebooks themselves are all numbered and titled; the journal (that is, the idea of the journal) has a proper name.

The first twenty-five notebooks are centered around a keeping-out theme. Think "This is Private Property", "Keep Out", et cetera. I got pretty creative after around ten notebooks.

After #25, I chose quotes. Whether they were deep and philosophical or just funny, the titles held some value to me and usually to the theme of what was happening in my life at the time (even though I titled the notebook before I started writing in it). The current notebook, #54, is titled "The Non-Sober One", and it's based on something one of my friends said about me--basically, how I'm scary enough while sober. It's true.

I don't refer to these notebooks by their titles, though. I started calling the journals Nbook [pronounced N-Book] when I started journaling. Now, though, Nbook has heard enough from me that he has gotten his degree in psychiatry, so he is now Dr. Nbook.