eve11 (eve11) wrote in calufrax,

Rec: Calculus by etherati

Hi again, this is eve11 and I'm quite thrilled to be taking up the baton for this week! I've got a mixed bag of stories from a few different eras with a few different lengths and styles, and I couldn't help but start off the week with a topic dear to my heart:

Story: Calculus
Author: etherati
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 556
Characters: Tenth Doctor
Author's Summary: f(x) = 1/x : The simplest of equations. The limit as x approaches infinity is zero. The limit as time approaches forever is nothing. Life is just math, in the end. Post-Doomsday.

Recced because: The analogy here is so simply stated but also elegant, in the way that mathematics should be. In this short vignette, Etherati gives us an unflinching look at the Doctor's perspective on life and the harsh reality of impermanence and loss, but they also show the spark of hope, resourcefulness, and admiration-- all rolled into a construct that is so central to our technological advancement as a species, but at the same time, such a strange thing to consider, taken at face value. Mathematics is the Doctor's language, and etherati gives us both an intimate portait and outsider's perspective using it.

The idea of limits, for example — equations existing in a constant state of potentially equaling something or other, somehow, when some impossible set of circumstances are met or an impossible value plugged in. The mathematics of possibility, of may or may not. That’s more than most advanced cultures give humans credit for, this spending of an inordinate amount of time fixating on nothing and infinity. Not a good topic for apes, right? Hand them a banana to consider instead.
Tags: author: etherati, doctor:10, rating: all ages, reccer: eve11, type: gen

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