Thursday, December 01, 2005

Synecdochical Physics

I was inspired by conversations with The Mathematician Paul Gailiunas and a blog entry of Visual Poet Geof Huth to produce some synecdoche physics equations.

syn·ec·do·che n. Listen:
A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole (as hand for sailor), the whole for a part (as the law for police officer), the specific for the general (as cutthroat for assassin), the general for the specific (as thief for pickpocket), or the material for the thing made from it (as steel for sword).

Whereas in all of the equations the variables, for the physics equations, have been replaced with a synecdoche counter part not all of the equations as a whole could be considered synecdochical. All of them but one created a synecdochical equation.

Newton’s equation on gravity is actually a metaphor. That is due to the fact that the force variable (replaced by attraction) in the mathpoem does not pertain to gravity but is in reference to the attraction caused by hunger. If it were pertaining to gravity then the equation would be synecdochical however anything else makes the equation a metaphor.

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