?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Trevor Stone's Journal
Those who can, do. The rest hyperlink.
Let's Consider 
26th-Apr-2005 01:36 am
mathnet - to cogitate and to solve
Abraham Lincoln famously said "A house divided against itself cannot stand." (I believe this is also in one of the Gospels in the New Testament.) But is this true? Let's symbolize it:

"A house divided against itself" becomes the following left-hand value:

house ÷ house

Anyone versed in algebra will tell you that x ÷ x = 1. One is known, in narrative math theory, as "unity." So to rephrase Lincoln's anti-secession statement,

A house divided against itself is unity.

Who knew he was such a Taoist?

Note, however, that this analysis does not apply when the house is empty, as 0 ÷ 0 is undefined.
Comments 
26th-Apr-2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
That's the guy from MathNet!

And you're the guy with the shark hat!

My day is made.
26th-Apr-2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
An empty house divided against itself will asplode.
26th-Apr-2005 11:44 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't a house divided AGAINST itself be house / -(house) ?
27th-Apr-2005 03:49 am (UTC)
So unity cannot stand?
27th-Apr-2005 04:39 am (UTC)
Well, a table needs at least three legs...

Maybe that's why our government is so messed up. We need more legs.
This page was loaded Oct 15th 2018, 10:37 pm GMT.