Exploiting My A-To-Z Archives: Asymptote


One of the little things I like about doing an A To Z sequence is the feeling that I’m writing two paragraphs ahead of catastrophe for several months. It’s thrilling stuff. But another thing I like is that I will put together strings of days with some publication. When I ran these three-a-week this was particularly attainable, since between those posts and Reading The Comics I could often have five or six days of the week covered without making special effort.

I don’t think I can do that much writing just now, especially since I see I’m completely failing to use two-a-week postings to spend less time writing the A-to-Z essays. So I’ll instead bring some attention to older essays that I’m still happy with. Such a thing happens.

So for the letter A, I’d like to bring back up the Fall 2018 essay about Asymptote. This is one of the pieces I’m happiest with. It did something wonderful for me, which is to make me think hard about a concept I’d known for decades and come to a new understanding of it. I’d gone in thinking about asymptotes as, like, the lines that bracket hyperbolas, and how something like that happens with other functions. I came out understanding questions like why sometimes a function will cross its asymptote many times and sometimes it never will. Or, for that matter, why a parabola doesn’t have an asymptote. I don’t know that I’ll ever have a writing moment that good again.

My other Fall 2018 A-To-Z Essays are at this link.

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

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