February 6, 2006
Fortune Of The Day
While studying the decomposition of polytopes into simplicial unimodular cones, which by the way is about one of the most beautiful and eccentric subjects I’ve found in mathematics ‘Lattice Point Counting on Polytopes’, I found the following quote:
Everything you’ve learned in school as ‘obvious’ becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.
— Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)