The Magic Squares

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Evie Galois
- 5/11/2019 7:08pm

Hey @Darius Yeager are you available to help with homework? I don't know if you know about the very secret and powerful psychomathematics club on campus called the Magic Squares but they invite people to their group by asking them to solve esoteric puzzles concerning the nature of reality. So I got an invite but I need to provide a solution to the Riemann Zeta Jones function. Are you available for tutoring? I'll buy you a soda at the Spoonbender!

Darius Yeager
- 5/11/2019 8:29pm

Hey, @Evie Galois , I think I should have some time after studying, I have a big test coming up in Pre-Jainism, so if you smell something burning by my dorm, please wait out the trance! I'll be glad to help once I perceive your arrival!

Evie Galois
- 5/20/2019 5:39pm

Well @Darius Yeager sure was helpful with my puzzle about the Riemann Zeta Jones function, and I have been accepted into the Magic Squares! And they sure weren’t kidding about the “squares” part LOL.

But now they expect me to know all kinds of stuff, like the permissible types of hidden variable theories, because they’re planning a field trip and need to do all this math to get there. What have I gotten myself into???!

- 5/26/2019 5:03am

Is there anyone here more skilled at algebra than me?

I'm struggling to get this page of problems done, and I've warped back maybe five times trying to fix it.

It's driving me up the wall.


Evie Galois
- 5/27/2019 6:45pm

I'm sure that someone in the Magic Squares would be able to help you out, @Len. Especially if it's about Lie algebra -- they're always talking about non-associative, alternating bilinear maps. I think they could really help you out! We meet in the Hilbert Space above the library almost every night, preparing for our summer fields trip.

- 5/30/2019 4:01am

I ended up taking the advice of a fellow student and traveled to the library after the sun had set.

I've always been bad at interacting with other people, and the thought of getting together with a group of strangers who were better at math than me was frightening to say the least, but in the end I'm glad I went. @Evie Galois was kind enough to point me in the right direction, and in little time we had finished the entire paper. I ought to thank them the next time I see them!

In other news, I've been doing some online research about my time shifts. I know, I know, never google your symptoms, but I'm worried that I haven't met a single other person at the school with as little control over their subconscious ability as me. Even a few nights ago, in the library, there were some strange figures to say the least, but they were all able to control whatever psychic abnormality they had. Meanwhile I was anxious the entire time that I was going to time shift out of the session, and that we'd either have to start over or I'd miss the whole thing. Maybe I'll be able to befriend some of the library group, it'd be nice to have someone to talk to about this stuff.


Humble Todd
- 6/1/2019 11:23pm

I don't know much about psychomathematics, but I know what I like.

JK Kepler
- 6/4/2019 10:07pm

We're headed to φ tonight.

Magic Squares -- you know the code, so you do the math.

Gates open at 1.618033988749894848204586834365638117720309179...

- 6/6/2019 6:39pm

It feels kind of bad to just show up at the Magic Squares and ask for help. I'd offer my own smarts into their pool of knowledgeable tutors, but there isn't a class that I particularly excel in. I'm painfully average.

The locations the members frequent on their trips seem exotic and fun, though travel has never been my friend. Trust me, once you turn a two hour trip into a fourteen hour journey, road trips lose their appeal.

I'll visit again tonight. I've got a paper due in astronomy tomorrow and there doesn't seem to be a website dedicated to some of the planets we're discussing; possibly because they're out of our known solar system.


Evie Galois
- 6/8/2019 3:45pm

One way the Magic Squares make their "leaps" is through exploiting the existence of irrational numbers. @JK Kepler calls them "the biggest weakness in the prison" and the "holes in plain sight."

Take a square, right? Say it's one unit long on a side. Cut it corner to corner and make a triangle, and how long is that side?

a² + b² = c²

So, in this case c² = 2. which means the diagonal is 1.41421356237... except it goes on forever! It just kind of rambles for eternity, and never settles down to a single permanent whole value.

AND BUT THERE IT IS IN THE SQUARE! Obviously a real distance we can see... but the number system isn't equipped to describe it.

Same deal with circles, except it's 3.14159265359...foreverandever...

But we're only allowed to believe in numbers. Science, amirite?

So the Magic Squares make their math spells to find and measure the space between those numbers that never end and where reality begins, and then they shoot through it.

Like today, we're drinking fresh Bomblefruit juice on the orange beaches of Pontilux 5--one of the planets from @Len's assignment. So that was a nice bonus for everybody.

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