Friday, May 05, 2006

“Number ‘Theory’”

All numbers are equal, but some numbers are more equal than the others.

Here’s my take if asked (and even if not asked) to enlist such numbers.

0 and ∞
are (not to mention that they are one and the same) zero and infinity, and hence qualify by default.

1 represents unity; that is, the commonness, symmetry et al in the universe. And most importantly, it signifies the symmetry between 0 and ∞. Just for that, it qualifies.

2. Two. To be, or not to be: is that *the* question? Or, is that just a question? Now, that’s something I have been thinking about for a long time. Is ‘2’ special? Is binary natural, by design? Or, is it just an ‘implementation detail?’
The world in binary mode seems too simplistic. But, at the same time, ‘2’ definitely seems much more special than the rest of the numbers.
“Is this problem indecidable by nature?” I keep asking myself, much as I am convinced that, how much ever I try, I will never get the moment of clarity. (Since, there isn’t any!)
The question is whether ‘2’ is special. There are 2 answers that seem equally good.
Oru Korvaiyaa varla?
So, it qualifies in its own way, even as it fails.
Moreover, it represents two sides of the symmetry between 0 and ∞, which however are one and the same.
Haiyyo! Bayangara Korvaiyaa varuthu!

Well, the rest are mere numbers, each of them just as mere as the rest.


  1. You can claim to be a world famous Numerologist and have a half an hour program in Vijay TV

  2. Hahaha, lolling on the first comment :)

    BTW, write about number combinations next. Start with '1-4-3' and also your true life story :D

  3. Sema korvaya thaan irukku!

    2 is special thanks to all those "two kinds of people" and the one and only third kind :P

  4. Well,you had enough guts to start the post with a 'contradiction' and continue till the end trying to prove 'its' existence. Thats the point.

  5. The question is whether ‘2’ is special. There are 2 answers that seem equally good.

    Nice. :-)