# Re: Strictly OT - conworlding with 92% or thereabouts commonality with curren...

From: | <morphemeaddict@...> |

Date: | Sunday, January 6, 2008, 14:44 |

In a message dated 1/6/2008 5:08:19 AM Central Standard Time,
wes.parish@PARADISE.NET.NZ writes:
> As I see it, mathematics is the "interface" - if we can call it that - of
> the
> "engine" that drives the universe/s.
>
> So a mathematics that privileges the prime numbers instead of the base-two,
> would have a much greater range of physical variation/s than a universe with
> the
> opposite focus. A much more detailed explanation of the idea can be found in
> Morris Kline's "Mathematics for the Nonmathematician", dealing with the
> concept
> of non-Euclidian geometries.
>
> At any rate, that's what I'm working on, and my stories seem to involve
> memories
> of some physics experimenters who spent their time and lives trying to
> survive
> in threespace, avoiding bifurcation/trifurcation and fractalization - though
> there is an ancient curse on troublemakers, wishing them the worst John,
> Ivanna
> and Johanna can do them.
>

Mathematics doesn't 'privilege' any particular. Numbers don't have a base,
until and unless someone chooses a base to express them in.
Prime numbers are still just numbers, and they don't have an inherent base
either. Perhaps the mathematicians (or everyone) in your conworld use primes
for the basis of math, but I don't see how it can be an inherent feature of the
math itself.
stevo
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