Aphelion Issue 279, Volume 26
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by Mike Berger

Frustration dripped from my very being,
but I must persevere. The equation after
equation was scribbled on the board.
Promising possibilities led to dead ends.

Perhaps my assumptions were faulty.
It could be dealing with nonlinear
dynamics, the math was intractable.

Day after day I agonized. I stared hard
at the equations knowing that a relationship
could be found. The key was hidden away;
it would take a new way of thinking to find
it's hiding place.

It was a rainy dreary day. I was given to
a sombre mood. I returned to some equations
I had started with and changed the parameters.
My jaw dropped; there it was! The answer
had been there before my eyes. I checked
the math a dozen times; it was right.

The truth I was seeking for was revealed.
The proof was there on the board. Tangled
string theory is equivalent to chaos theory.

© 2010 Mike Berger

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