Riemann Riddles

Given a preference for surreals over the reals as arguments for the Riemann zeta function, one cannot help but wonder about the association of 2-branchings with the parity cubes in all dimensions. At the third level, for instance, there are 8 nodes on the tree correponding to (a) 8 vertices of a cube, or (b) a set of zeta values.

Does this set of zeta values combine to obey a Koide type relation, just like the primary 3 faces of the space generation cube? This sounds like an idea to generate endless hours of play, but that may have to wait until I am elsewhere! The good news is that I’ve found the best internet cafe in the city, which opens early and has good cheap coffee. And on the short walk from the bus station to work, there is a garden by the river where I can sit in the sun by a statue of Captain Scott, engraved with the words, “I do not regret this journey…”

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    Doug said,

    Hi Kea,

    I have finally found the mathematician that I was looking for: Richard Ernest Bellman, USC-US in Mathematics, Electrical Engineering and Medicine with “621 papers, 41 books and 21 translations of books authored (or co-authored).


    Dynamic programming or optimization
    A Tutorial on Dynamic Programming, Michael A. Trick, Mini V, 1997

    Some ZETA papers include:
    1 – ‘Wigert’s approximate functional equation and the Riemann zeta-function’
    Duke Math. J. Volume 16, Number 4 (1949), 547-552.

    2 – ‘On a Class of Functional Equations of Modular Type’
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 42, No. 9 (Sep. 15, 1956), pp. 626-629

    3 – and maybe [with Robert Kalaba] ‘On the Principle of Invariant Imbedding and Propagation Through Inhomogeneous Media’
    doi:10.1073/pnas.42.9.629. 1956;42;629-632

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    Anonymous said,

    I also like surreal numbers, and some years ago wrote up a web page now at
    that has some material that might be relevant.

    Tony Smith

  3. 3

    Kea said,

    Thanks for the links, Doug. Tony, I have a link to your page (once removed) in the post.

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    L. Riofrio said,

    Anyone who has endured a night in a cold shelter will empathise with Captain Scott. More scientists should take risks as Kea has.

  5. 5

    CarlBrannen said,

    I’ve spent my share of nights in cold shelters, but I can’t say I’ve ever spent a night in one so cold that I didn’t regret it.

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