The A(lgebra) Team

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

It’s been a long time since I’ve been taken on a mind-blowing journey through high-level mathematics, but last night I was taught all the wonders of quaternions, and it was fabulous. Quaternions are a somewhat archaic mathematical construct of 4-dimensional complex numbers. They’re not used for much anymore, but they come in quite handy when animating rotations in 3-D computer graphics.

I know a lot of people don’t like math, but when a complex mathematical tool serves a practical purpose so elegantly, It’s a beautiful thing. I love it when a plan comes together! Don’t you, Hannibal?

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