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Written Jan 6, 2011 · Upvoted by Walter B Kasmer, Rated USCF player, play on online forums, high class A player

I don't play any of the games. In fact I suck at most of them. But (perhaps because of my lack of skill), I am fascinated by (and seriously study) the role of metaphor and narrative in how games map to real domains, in particular, business and military. I also spend way too much time thinking up new game ideas.

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Daniel McLaury, Ph.D. Student in Mathematics at University of Illinois at Chicago

Updated Apr 4, 2013 · Upvoted by Justin Rising, PhD in statistics and David Joyce, Professor of Mathematics at Clark University

An elliptic curve is what you get when you cut a little parallelogram out of the complex plane:

and wrap the edges around, like you're playing Pacman on it. You can still add numbers together afterwards; they just wrap around the other side. For instance, if [math]\omega_1 = 1, \omega_2 = i [/math] in the picture above, then we'd have

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