⌗AtoZ Challenge, X is for Xeno’s (or Zeno’s) Paradoxes .


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Welcome to the 2020 APRIL A to Z Challenge

Nearly there, Hang On, light at the end of the tunnel.

Quote of the Day :  It’s more Important to Travel full of Hope than to reach your Goal.

Japanese Proverb

if you would like to know more about the A to Z Challenge, founded 11 years ago by Arlee Bird at Tossing Out,  read here

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This Twenty-second extract from my novel in progress will appear just after the first chapter, letter B in this A to Z. Bartolomé is working and reflecting on Mathematics.

Brief synopsis of plot and characters :

Mathilda, my first main character, is American and lives in New York City. She is a student at NYU where she is preparing a thesis on the origins and developments of African American Music. She is a first person narrator. Her timeframe is 2005. In my previous extracts, Mathilda has travelled to New Orleans, Jekyll Island, Hattiesburg, Florida, Savannah and Cherokee.

Bartolomé, my second main character, is Cameroonian and lives in Yaoundé. He is a professor of Mathematics at the University there. I will be using a third-person narrator for this character from his Point of View. His timeframe is the early ’90’s. In my previous extracts, Bartolomé has made a trip up North for his grand-father’s funeral and decided to leave Yaoundé behind for good.

X is for X(Z)eno’s Paradoxes.

The rain has stopped and Bartolomé is sitting at his desks sorting out his lesson plans for the coming semester : algebra, geometry, algorithms, applied mathematics; and within each category, theorems, axioms, equations, exercises, problems, exam papers. He loves his subject. maths are so soothing : everything fits nicely into boxes which themselves are part of larger boxes and so on like a collection of Russian Dolls. Everything is predictable : no mysteries or anguishing surprises like in Physics. There is no place for the subjectivity of real life.

His students often complain about the strictness of mathematical structures. Like a castle of cards, you make one small mistake and the whole edifice comes crashing down. A slight error is magnified by the boxes-in-boxes effect and bring havoc into this perfect science. Bartolomé feels shielded and comforted by the knowledge that nothing can disrupt his logical world.

As a child he was drawn to puzzles and often spent hours on the floor piecing paintings of architectural structures together. he was very shy and other boys’ rough games frightened him.

The sun finally streams through the window lighting up the floating dust. Then he thinks about Xeno’s Paradoxes : motion as illusion, the Dichotomy Paradox, Achilles and the Tortoise. Bartolomé muses on the reductio absurdum, proof by contradiction. Reno’s Paradoxes may have mathematical solutions found through modern calculus, however philosophers argue that they are metaphysical problems to be solved through the senses. Bartolomé then wonders if it isn’t time to think outside the box and consider changing up some things in his life. After all, there may be other exciting experiences to concentrate his time on outside of the comfort zone of mathematics.

©susanbauryrouchard

Lily Allen, Everyone’s at it, 2009, here

Franz Ferdinand, Take me Out, here

Jimmy Sommerville, Small-town Boy, here

Photos from Home, April 2020

Thank you for visiting. See you tomorrow for the last extracts. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

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