# Mathematics

The causal, historical, linear thinking which
shapes occidental culture is linked to the alphanumeric
code of writing. Abstract mathematical
thinking, however, which has no time or space dimension,
is based on the number system which
emigrated from the alphanumeric code, eventually
leading to the crisis of linearity and the occidental
culture. The number system comprises
not only the natural numbers used in linear
counting, but also rational, irrational, imaginary,
complex, and transcendental numbers, as well
as the rules to manipulate them, which in turn
require the introduction of new symbols.

Mathematical thinking is point-like, network-like,
abstract, and zero-dimensional. The formula *F =
ma* is like a point, because it is valid for innitely
many individual, distinct triplets (*F, m, a*) and can
thus be referred to infinitely many instantaneous
events in the world; that is, events in which the
motion of a mass m suffers an acceleration a by
a force F. However, the formula connects *F*, *m*,
and *a* in a multidimensional network in which
each element determines the others, and thus
the formula can work as a law behind the events.
The law is also a differential equation recording
the development in time and space of the
elements of the network and connecting them in
paths. At the same time, only the random initial
conditions determine which path is actually realized
in the world. Thus, the law is abstract and
zero-dimensional, located outside of space and
time. It is a myth, just like a perfect triangle. In
the myth, force can cause acceleration, acceleration
can define force and mass, or the law itself
can come to be regarded as a creative power behind
the events which are randomly realized in
the world.

*Original article by Konstantin Daniel Haensch*