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Vi Hart’s Wau: The Most Amazing, Ancient, and Singular Number

Posted on February 10, 2012 in Personal

Vi Hart’s Wau: The Most Amazing, Ancient, and Singular Number

This Youtube video just made my head implode. Vi Hart introduces a very weird fractal number to the world. It is designated by the word Wau, after an ancient Greek letter, and the letter F is used to indicate it. As Vi Hart explains, there is no easy way to explain what Wau is or how it works. What is very interesting about it is that it can easily be related to itself, or to other interesting and unusual numbers, such as pi, e, i and others.

Also very interesting, one cannot put it in a logarithm, since that would “be like trying to divide by zero.” Vi Hart also puts the number in relation to quantum physics, in a section of the video where the effects of the Golden ratio are compared to those of Wau, when applied to a spiral.

Remember kids, “e to the i to the e-i-o is e to the wau to the tau wau wau”.

Update: in case the video above wasn’t too obvious that it was a troll, watch this “Fractal Number” video below.


    • Earle February 12, 2012

      You get that it’s just the number 1… right?

      • Hermes February 21, 2012

        I figured this out just as I was about to start watching the video for the second time. I went to check if anyone else noticed.

  1. phonuz February 12, 2012

    You get that it is NOT just 1, it is WAU! right?

  2. ale February 12, 2012

    “every single flower or tree you see embodies F”…
    you’re a genius đŸ™‚

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