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March 20th, 2017, 05:01 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Mar 2017 From: turkey Posts: 1 Thanks: 0  stairway to heaven and complex number
Teacher gave this homework. He want to write an essay( a page) . Who can explain relationship between " symbolism in stairway to heaven and complex number ?

March 20th, 2017, 06:54 AM  #2 
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That's nice. Do you have any ideas?

March 20th, 2017, 08:11 AM  #3 
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Tell him to put down the bong.

March 20th, 2017, 08:51 AM  #4 
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Maybe he's talking about the actual stairway that goes up a mountain in Hawaii. If that's the case the only link I see between this and the complex numbers is that complex infinity sits at the top of the Riemann sphere. I find it hard to believe that a Turkish professor would be referencing the Led Zeppelin song.... 
March 20th, 2017, 09:35 AM  #5 
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March 20th, 2017, 09:44 AM  #6 
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I have reviewed the lyrics here ... https://play.google.com/music/previe...gnid=kplyrics ... and I can report that I have found no links to complex numbers except for this possibility: Yes, there are two paths you can go by But in the long run There's still time to change the road you're on. Two paths you can go by ... it's perhaps a reference to the proof of the CauchyRiemann equations, in which you can approach zero along either the x or y axis. Or perhaps the two paths refer to the proof of the Cauchy integral formula, where traversing the paths in the opposite directions makes everything cancel out. [Goursat proof in Ahlfors]. Other than that, I think the prof is consuming some of those famous Turkish products that the American smuggler was trying to bring home in the movie Midnight Express. Last edited by Maschke; March 20th, 2017 at 09:53 AM. 

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