The Sum of Our Parts

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Recently, I watched a fascinating documentary about the universe.

One physicist proposed that the universe was merely a set of numbers.

Equipped with a highlighter pen he drew the equation for the speed of light on a window. Then, with a few more mathematical symbols, the movement of waves.

Somehow, these hastily scrawled numbers potentially answered the age-old question of where we come from and what it all means. The answer, as Douglas Adams humorously proposed in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, might really be 42 – or a more complex variation.

This is amazing.

The universe may simply be a cosmic sum and our lives a string of algebra.

In which case we should all be called Quadratic Equation or a Fraction (for lower-socio economic areas).

We could live in a society called Function in the world of Infinity.

Which makes me regret not paying attention in high school math classes.

If I had, then life’s challenges could be easily solved by adding two and two together.

Sue Bell

Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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