#### Mimsey Borogrove

##### Crusader

The below pod cast starts off with a lot of fucking around but then...

They launch into the premise of his new pod cast Portals, which are akin to Dorothy's awakening in OZ. Portals that open a door into understanding.

He veers off onto Gaudi's La Sangrada Church in Barcelona as an example of a sort of portal:

Ever on the quest for portals, he then heads off into the never, never land of octonians - a form of math described thusly:

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”

As numbers go, the familiar real numbers — those found on the number line, like 1, π and -83.777 — just get things started. Real numbers can be paired up in a particular way to form “complex numbers,” first studied in 16th-century Italy, that behave like coordinates on a 2-D plane. Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing is like translating and rotating positions around the plane. Complex numbers, suitably paired, form 4-D “quaternions,” discovered in 1843 by the Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton, who on the spot ecstatically chiseled the formula into Dublin’s Broome Bridge. John Graves, a lawyer friend of Hamilton’s, subsequently showed that pairs of quaternions make octonions: numbers that define coordinates in an abstract 8-D space.

https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-octonion-math-that-could-underpin-physics-20180720/

But wait! There's more! Boy howdy - then he launches into the C elegans - yet another portal into knowledge - a simple round worm that they have completely mapped out - cells, neurons and their connections - an animal that does everything we do - eat, have sex, move about, reproduce etc. and yet we do not know how this neural circuit makes it all happen:

I am an hour and a half in and - holy shit!

Mimsey

They launch into the premise of his new pod cast Portals, which are akin to Dorothy's awakening in OZ. Portals that open a door into understanding.

He veers off onto Gaudi's La Sangrada Church in Barcelona as an example of a sort of portal:

Ever on the quest for portals, he then heads off into the never, never land of octonians - a form of math described thusly:

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”

As numbers go, the familiar real numbers — those found on the number line, like 1, π and -83.777 — just get things started. Real numbers can be paired up in a particular way to form “complex numbers,” first studied in 16th-century Italy, that behave like coordinates on a 2-D plane. Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing is like translating and rotating positions around the plane. Complex numbers, suitably paired, form 4-D “quaternions,” discovered in 1843 by the Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton, who on the spot ecstatically chiseled the formula into Dublin’s Broome Bridge. John Graves, a lawyer friend of Hamilton’s, subsequently showed that pairs of quaternions make octonions: numbers that define coordinates in an abstract 8-D space.

https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-octonion-math-that-could-underpin-physics-20180720/

But wait! There's more! Boy howdy - then he launches into the C elegans - yet another portal into knowledge - a simple round worm that they have completely mapped out - cells, neurons and their connections - an animal that does everything we do - eat, have sex, move about, reproduce etc. and yet we do not know how this neural circuit makes it all happen:

I am an hour and a half in and - holy shit!

Mimsey

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