Chapter One, Lesson One

“An equation means nothing to me unless it contains a thought of God.”

-ஸ்ரீ௺வாச ராமானுஜன்
Srinivasa Ramanujan

Sketch the graph of the following equations:

(Answers to odd numbers
in the back of the book.)

1. In the Beginning

2. God Said

3. Let there be

4. Light



1. In the beginning, or, before. Not before anything, but before even a faint glimmering hope of anything. More than before everything, before order, before causality, before there was even a before (actually sooner).

To explain further, which is probably counterproductive, one might imagine an unstretched canvas, pure and unblemished, laid carefully in an unadorned room, with no windows or doors, except without the canvas, or the room. This Beginning can only be described through the paradox of absolute nothingness, which not only doesn’t exist, but can’t be imagined. This Beginning is undefined, pure nonexistence, zero value divded into zero parts (except without the math, or words, or me continuing to explain, or you pretending to understand).

One important technique in math is to make a simple thing more complicated to solve a greater problem. The Beginning in this equation can only be defined by something, in this case, everything, following it. Nothing can be more simple or more complicated than the singularity of nothingness transcending into everythingness.


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