Mark Margolis: Sol Robeson
Sol Robeson : Hold on. You have to slow down. You're losing it. You have to take a breath. Listen to yourself. You're connecting a computer bug I had with a computer bug you might have had and some religious hogwash. You want to find the number 216 in the world, you will be able to find it everywhere. 216 steps from a mere street corner to your front door. 216 seconds you spend riding on the elevator. When your mind becomes obsessed with anything, you will filter everything else out and find that thing everywhere.
Sol Robeson : Have you met Archimedes? The one with the black spots, you see? You remember Archimedes of Syracuse, eh? The king asks Archimedes to determine if a present he's received is actually solid gold. Unsolved problem at the time. It tortures the great Greek mathematician for weeks - insomnia haunts him and he twists and turns in his bed for nights on end. Finally, his equally exhausted wife - she's forced to share a bed with this genius - convinces him to take a bath to relax. While he's entering the tub, Archimedes notices the bath water rise. Displacement, a way to determine volume, and that's a way to determine density - weight over volume. And thus, Archimedes solves the problem. He screams "Eureka" and he is so overwhelmed he runs dripping naked through the streets to the king's palace to report his discovery.
Sol Robeson : [finishes story of Archimedes' breakthrough] Now, what is the moral of the story?
Maximillian Cohen : That a breakthrough will come.
Sol Robeson : Wrong! The point of the story is the wife. You listen to your wife, she will give you perspective, meaning. You need a break, you have to take a bath or you will get nowhere.
Sol Robeson : As soon as you discard scientific rigor, you're no longer a mathematician, you're a numerologist.
Sol Robeson : There will be no order, only chaos.
Sol Robeson : The Ancient Japanese considered the Go board to be a microcosm of the universe. Although when it is empty it appears to be simple and ordered, in fact, the possibilities of gameplay are endless. They say that no two Go games have ever been alike. Just like snowflakes. So, the Go board actually represents an extremely complex and chaotic universe.
Sol Robeson : That is the truth of our world, Max. It can't be easily summed up with math.
Maximillian Cohen : Studying the pattern made Euclid conscious of itself. I had to... Before it died it spit out the number. That consciousness is the number?
Sol Robeson : No, Max. It's only a nasty bug.
Maximillian Cohen : It's more than that, Sol.
Sol Robeson : No, it's not. It's a dead end. There's nothing there.
Maximillian Cohen : It's a door, Sol. It's a door.
Sol Robeson : A door at the front of a cliff. You're driving yourself over the edge.