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# Vortex-based math

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Vortex-based math is a pseudomathematical/vaguely theological pile of nonsense for which some guy named Marko Rodin is to blame. On his website, he claims it's the secret to unlocking the Universe or some such.

 “”As you begin to glide through this explanation of Marko Rodin's fantastic discoveries, please understand that you must set aside many commonly-held belief systems of the way the world works in order to fully comprehend the completely new truths that are embodied in this discovery.[1][note 1]

Similarly:

 “”At the age of fifteen Marko Rodin projected his mind as far as he could across the universe and asked the question, "What is the secret behind intelligence?"

Did he find it? Judge for yourself.[note 2]

## Claims

The process behind vortex-based math is similar to other cranks' approaches to mathematics: notice mildly interesting patterns, ignore practical implications of those patterns in favor of waxing poetic at length about how "mystical" and "powerful" they are, assert without evidence that they represent some important real-world phenomena, and ignore any evidence contradicting any of the claims you just made.

Essentially, the idea revolves around a circle with nine points equidistant from one another. Number the points, and then draw lines connecting each vertex n to its double modulo 9 (technically: [(2n - 1) mod 9] + 1). You get a vortex! Sort of. It looks like the infinity symbol drawn by a particularly boring robot, honestly. Rodin claims that it is the "Mathematical Finger Print[sic] of God", which is of course a perfectly reasonable assertion for a mathematical paper to make.[note 3] He then goes on to make many more dubious claims which aren't worth reiterating in full.

Most of the properties attributed to the number 9 are in fact a consequence of the fact that we count in base 10, and it is an elementary calculation to see that given any arbitrary counting base n these properties would hold for the number n − 1. Hence, the justification to the premise that the number 9 has significant properties (a premise central to vortex-based math) could just as well be made for any other positive integer.

The truth is that these sorts of patterns pop up all the time in mathematics, because mathematics is basically just the rigorous study of patterns. They aren't unique; in this particular case, you can create different spirals using difference bases for your numerals, and derive lots of seemingly incredible properties from those bases just as easily as Rodin does for base 10. The stuff he creates may be interesting to look at, but it's no more significant than that.

The bizarre theological stuff really is impressively nuts, though; overall it ranks up there with Time Cube as one of the more wonderful and crazy outposts of the internet.

## Rodin Coil

Meanwhile, Rodin has also discovered free energy[1][2] with the Rodin Coil. This promises:

• Inexhaustible free energy
• An end to all disease
• Produce unlimited food
• Travel anywhere in the Universe
• Build the ultimate supercomputer
• Obsolete all existing technology