Love and Mathematics.

I love LOVE Batman ever since I was introduced to the cartoon series and of course, my brother’s action figures when we were kids. And I hate HATE Math even if I was able to join about three (3) Mathematics Quiz Bees during my primary and secondary education. I can only be good at numbers on a certain level and point in time. I still can’t figure an easier way on how to put it, but there. I appreciate Math. I believe it’s important, but on a certain degree with regards to how I apply it in my life.

You see… I already forget (or even forgot) my College Algebra the moment I stepped outside UP after our graduation. I don’t do square roots anymore when I shop or pay for my bills. I guess it plainly annoys me whenever numbers get too complicated. I believe I just need the basics. *smirk*

And here’s a very quaint way for Batman and Mathematics to collide. I just came across a friend’s link to online posts that show not the art or science of Batman, but the Batman Equation. Would you believe that the famous and iconic Batman logo actually has a mathematical formula? The proportions and shapes involved in creating the logo were derived from the following equation that I would never come to understand in my entire nose-bleeding-for-Math life:

( (x/7)^2 sqrt(abs(abs(x)-3)/(abs(x)-3)) + (y/3)^2 sqrt(abs(y+ 3/7 sqrt(33))/(y+ 3/7 sqrt(33))) - 1 ) 
( abs(x/2)-(3 sqrt(33)-7) x^2/112 -3 +sqrt(1-(abs((abs(x)-2))-1)^2)-y) 
(9 sqrt(abs((abs(x)-1)(abs(x)-.75))/((1-abs(x))(abs(x)-.75)))- 8 abs(x)-y) 
(3 abs(x) + .75 sqrt(abs((abs(x)-.75)(abs(x)-.5))/((.75-abs(x))(abs(x)-.5)))-y) 
(2.25 sqrt(abs((abs(x)-.5)(abs(x)-.5))/((.5-abs(x))(abs(x)-.5)))-y) 
(6 sqrt(10)/7 + (1.5-.5 abs(x)) sqrt(abs(abs(x)-1)/(abs(x)-1)) - 6 sqrt(10)/14 sqrt(4-(abs(x)-1)^2) -y) =0

If this has not been torture enough for Arithmophobics like moi, just take a look at this!

I wanted to validate this claim and try it myself. But I would have to go back to school and like re-learn every darn thing in Math! I just can’t understand why people consistently believe I’m a nerd when I turn cold-blooded when number and letters mix in one sentence and I had to come up with something that could fill in the blank space after that equal sign!

How can you ever compute so much letters that easily? Ignoramus elenchi creeping in.

But the freak in me was able to get hold of a much detailed article about the Batman equation. The Internet was the one who flabbergasted me with this story – it is just right that it somehow provides me with the answers. I don’t know how ShreevatsaR did it but he sure brought a large luggage when intelligence showered the Earth. He posted an unbelievably thorough dissection of the formula and came up with the following:

*I just included the photos since the words/instructions are by ShreevatsaR, apart from the fact that never in my life will I be able to explain it, or even comprehend how he did it. ((: So this is more of a graphic reference or proof of the equation’s feasibility.

(All photos by ShreevatsaR from math.stackexchange.)


ellipse cut

second factor

second factor first term

second factor second term

Third factor without cut

fourth factor without cut

sixth factor without cut

sixth factor

Wholly Batman

Love both Batman AND Math? Go try! This is a great pastime, brain exercise, etc. only if I knew how to do it. ):

Have fun! ( :

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2 Responses to Love and Mathematics.

  1. Pingback: Ten Math Lessons | 4 Real Cheap

  2. Roni Basiley says:

    Damn, man! That is one UGLY equasion. But the actual plot is beautiful.

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