I have never been interested in mathematics, partly because of my failures in Practical Math class. In any case, I stumbled across a very simple and well established idea, that caused a Paradigm Shift in my way of thinking. I have yet to come up with a practical example, but I can however visualize similar concepts that are of the same nature. Dividing something, then adding the results, in an effort to rebuild. It rarely looks the same it once was, whatever IT may be.
I am aware that Rounding is a favorite pastime in these kind of scenarios. Although I’m not sure if its a act of practicality, or perhaps another trick to keep the mathematician sane in his number crunching. I find it acceptable to bend the rules of human behaviour once in a while, if its critical to move on with another project. But becomes a problem when everything as a Whole is taken for granted, and rounded to a consistent Norm.
From smashing atoms at CERN, to smashing oranges with a hammer. They both look a mess, regardless of precise detectors or high-speed cameras. A big lump of mass, the Whole, is divided into smaller entities and its next to impossible to gather the pieces afterwards. Small amounts are lost forever. Some orange peel, Thirty-two protons. Eight droplets of juice, Twenty Joules of energy. Rounding is practical, but doesn’t change the fact that something is lost.
Results may vary… In reality that is