Sometimes, discussions of the world
turn to mathematics, which might
make me seem intelligent
if I had the slightest clue
what I was talking about.
Take yesterday, Alex and myself
talking philosophy with our
Somehow we moved on to math
and how it relates to human
perception; abstract ideas,
and such. No big deal, right?
But then silly me decides
to describe the idea of
a Klein bottle. "Well," I say,
"It's what you get when you stick
two Möbius strips together
along the edge." The response?
Blank stares, although one of them asks
"What's a Möbius strip?" "Well, it's a
one-sided three dimensional-figure,"
I tell him. Like that helps.
But really, how can I explain
something I don't completely
understand, something that's not
even possible to express
in 3D space? I could tell him
it's a single-sided container
you can make in 4D, but not 3D,
because it would have to intersect
itself, which it doesn't do.
Math can prove these things exist,
but it's a tool to describe
the indescribable. We can only
discuss the weirdness of reality
on its own terms, so how can we
make claims to understand it?