Friday, March 29, 2013

From the Empirical Archives: Discontinuity by Mike Berger

PHOTO: Boris Lechaftois
Mike Berger
Originally published in the October 2012 issue of Empirical

Linear models simply don’t apply.
The variables are too many and the
processes too complex. The function
has a serious discontinuity. As it
is ramping up, at a critical point,
it bifurcates. This jump renders the
function discrete.

In the laboratory this jump to a
discontinuous function occurs when
the medium changes states. The
search for a strange attractor was
in vain. To make things worse, the
function was dampened by the
addition of an organic compound.

At this point solving the equation
became intractable. Further iterations
would become nondescript.

When the esoteric math fails, we
must use the backup plan; the Italian
method. Throw one against the wall,
if it sticks, the noodles are done.

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