More Pollen based equations

To all the lovely people commenting on my previous post (highest number of comments on any post in 4 years, thank you): You are assuming that that Hayfever, cold, and suck are all in the Ring of Integers. There may well be Rings where the equation 2x = x^2 has many non-obvious solutions – I’m ill so can’t really face thinking about some examples (or maybe there are only ever two solutions in any non-trivial ring – there’s an exercise for the interested).

I guess what might have more clearly expressed what I was thinking was that the function f : {hayfever, cold, plus enough other stuff to make an additive group} -> N (natural numbers representing units in some metric on the space of suckitude) is quadratic rather than linear. But, you know, I was ill and grumpy so tried to say that in a more satirical way (maths satire, just what the world needs). But again I’m not exactly firing on all cylinders so please be gentle.

Anyway I’m going to start thinking up some more random algebraic posts and start cashing in the Adwords revenue.

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