A primer on the three dimensional complex numbers.
Author: Reinko Venema.

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Introduction: This file is a collection of the pictures from Feb 2012 until end 2013 that are related to the 3D complex numbers.
3D complex numbers are in many ways just like the ordinary complex numbers from the complex plane; only in the 3D case you simply 'create' an 'imaginary number' j who's third power equals minus one.

Recall that in the ordinary complex plane the 'imaginary unit' i has a square of minus one.

Just like ordinary complex numbers (written often as z = x + iy) it looks rather elementary to use rectangular coordinates in real numbers (x, y, z).

Therefore the number one is written as 1 = (1, 0, 0)
the number j is j = (0, 1, 0) and the square of j is in the z-axis direction (0, 0, 1).


So only pictures in this stuff below... 

Remark: Everywhere where in these pictures it says 'see below' you must read that as 'see above' in some other picture. (Because this file is chronological while the homepage of this website is anti-chronological.) 

Updates in this html file not mentioned on the homepage
(these updates are a bit more technical): 

12 May 2013; the number i is not in 3D to be found  
21 May 2013, the wedge product 
30 May 2013, the log for j squared 
13 June 2013, tau calculus 
13 July 2013, making chopped meat of the 1, 2, 4, 8 theorem 
31 July 2013, a 6 by 6 matrix for log j 
08 Sept 2013, 10 properties for the exponential tau 
23 Sept 2013, without comment just 3 circles 
06 Oct 2013, exponential circles  
18 Oct 2013, determinant graphs in 3D + a glimpse of the general theory 
01 Nov 2013, eigenvalues and eigenvectors 
08 Nov 2013, the wrath of Diophantus  
28 Nov 2013, relations with linear control theory 
08 Dec 2013, correction and addendum Fourier transforms 
24 Dec 2013, general 2D stuff  & the song of omega
We proceed on page 2 with the updates from the year 2014:
05 Jan 2014, the song of omega reloaded 
18 Jan 2014, Cauchy integrals  
30 Jan 2014, 5D complex numbers and the golden ratio  

We proceed on page 3 with the updates from the year 2015. 

From 02 Feb last year a picture under the strange name 'just some math'.

Here you see the generalized Cauchy-Riemann equations for the 3 dimensional case:

From 25 March 2012: This is the 3D complex numbers as a matrix multiplication:

From 12 April 2012: A little bit more on the matrix representation of a 3D complex number, remark this picture contains a typo because that D should be the determinant... 

From 28 April 2012: With help of the matrix representation we calculate the inverse of 3D complex numbers. Furthermore the conjugate is given; you can see it behaves a little bit different compared to the flat complex plane. 



From 06 July 2012: In the beginning of July the news of the so called Higgs boson came out, needless to say that was good news. 

So I decided to throw in my 50 cents of help and in the picture below you see the generalized Cauchy-Riemann equations in a much more easy way to understand because the chain rule for differentiation is build within. 

Ok, at this stadium it is a bit vague what the capital X is doing in the partial derivates. 
Later we will look at that in more detail in the so called Wirtinger derivates: 




From 09 July 2012: A very short update was done, in it you see a rather important limit from the general theory. That explains why it is so important that all your basis vectors are invertible; otherwise such a limit would be a nonsense thing...




From 11 Aug 2012: This was also another important update, you observe how you can simplify partial differential operators like the Laplacian into differentiation in only one direction. 



From 09 Okt 2012: This was only a fun update related to austerity troubles in the South of Europe. May be too much sunny weather is not good for the human mind in the sense that they start thinking borrowing money is a way of life.

So like the nice gentleman as I am, I wanted to help those countries with savings on universities: 




From 03 Dec 2012: Another glimpse of the general theory; the behavior between the diverse partial differential operators in a more general space.


And a few properties such transition matrices should have: 




From 04 Jan 2013: The Wirtinger derivates, incomplete version:  



From 08 Jan 2013: After a lot of bullshitting around with the beloved Latex math typesetting system, there is a more complete version of the Wirtinger derivatives:




From 20 Feb 2013: A not so serious update, you can see for yourself why it is not that serious (in the normal world kinetic energy is always a real number and not a complex number): 



From 22 Feb 2013: The same picture about 'kinetic energy' as from 20 Feb 2013, only now 
with a background:  


Much more serious is the update about so called one-forms: 




From 12 May 2013: A very simple proof for a very simple statement; 

The number i from the ordinary complex plane does not exist in 3 dimensions. 



From 21 May 2013: This update is a bit more technical in nature because it is about differential 2-forms, because it is a bit more technical it is not published on the homepage but only here. 

We calculate a relatively standard 2-form and relate that via so called 'divisors of zero' to the Laplacian. 
There is no important reason to use the Laplacian other than it is widely known... 


If you never have encountered differential forms, here is a starter from wikipedia: 

Differential form 


From 30 May 2013: This update is also rather technical in nature; we craft a so called Euler identity for the 3-dimensional case, we define the logarithm and give an integral expression for a very important number named tau. 

I warn you: The five pictures below contain a whole lot of pure math (and a tiny bit of applied math in the form of numerical calculus so that we can at least grasp the size of the number tau). 
So take your time if you want to understand it all... 

We start with the Euler identity: 


It is getting a bit more technical in picture number two: 


Very often if you craft 'good math' the technical difficulties disappear, things get more simple to write down and to understand... 


Since the integral is a little bit hard to crack, a numerical value for tau is given:  

For reasons of completeness I show to you that indeed we have calculated the log of j squared: 




The two applets I used, links: 


The numerical evaluation of the integral applet was written by T. Kiffe. 


No idea who wrote the matrix exponential applet. 


And for reasons of being complete, a wiki about the Euler identity in the complex plane: 

Euler's identity 

Well that was it for today, till updates. 


From 13 June 2013: This is a possible way of formulating the standard Euler identity for the ordinary complex plane using the ´tau calculus´ from the previous update. 



Oops: The Euler identities might look the same, of course the number tau in it is different... 


From 13 June 2013: In the update from 30 May 2013 we came across a difficult looking integral that was related to the periodicity of the log and the exponential in the 3D complex number system. 
The integral can actually be solved. 



Ok ok, I'll be the first one to admit this proof is rather shaky...
How come that this crazy way of thinking actually works??? 



End of the application of massive madness modification, till updates. 



From13 July 2013 Making chopped meat of the 1, 2, 4, 8 theorem. 

Again one of the more technical updates, it is not 'very technical' because we only calculate the determinant of a four by four matrix. But it is too technical for the homepage, therefore I place it in this file. 

My problem with the Hurwitz theorem is that it puts so much emphasis on a norm while as a matter of fact you are only looking at some determinant. The theorem itself is correct but after my humble opinion the importance is far overblown. 








Let's leave it with that my dear reader. Till updates. 


From 16 July 2013: Oh oh I should finish that proof that the time exponential of tau is actually a circle. 
But I am not one 100% satisfied because the proof still has a little bit of the 'Baron Münchhausen effect' in the sense that I implicit use the fact that it is a circle in order to proof it is a circle...

So today we are going to do something different: Poking fun that the results from other people who tried to invent 3-dimensional complex numbers! 


This is of course a disaster course for making multiplications, but on the other hand it is very charming.  

And poking fun at myself:  





Yeah yeah, Kilroy was here... 




A collection of online applets around linear algebra: http://calculator-fx.com/#linear-algebra  
The logarithm applet from that collection:  http://calculator-fx.com/calculator/linear-algebra/matrix-logarithm 

How time can ruin your memory! I would have sworn that 'Kilroy was here' was British, but it seems to be more or less have an American origin. (Non math): 

Till updates. 


From 31 July 2013: A look at possible matrix representations for slightly more complicated spaces.




And in the category of 'slightly more technical math' we have a beautiful matrix representing the log of j from our complex 3D numbers: 



Nice matrix isn't it?
It is amazing to see that if you put this matrix actually in the exponent of e, you actually get a matrix representation for j. (So if you failed the lazy exercise, you can always find the answer that way...). 

If needed you could use the next nice numerical applet (it uses so called Pade approximation and that works a lot better in the case of the exponential matrix): 

Matrix exponential using the Pade approximation calculator 



From 08 Sept 2013: Ten properties from and related to the exponential tau.

In this update we are going back to the more simple 3-dimensional complex space because there is still a little bit of unfinished work to be done. 

The first six properties together form a proof that the exponential tau is in fact a circle and this circle lies on the unit sphere. In the last properties we will observe that this circle also is lying on an interesting cone that has it's top in the origin and includes all coordinate axis. 

Here we go: 



We proceed with: 



So the above form the proof of the next theorem: 


The cone stuff is found in the last two properties: 



Till updates. 



From 23 Sept 2013:  

Without comment, some thoughts on factorization. 
After that we dive a little bit into conjugates and at the end of this update we have a primer on
Cauchy type integrals. 












That was it, without comment. 

 Till updates. 


From 06 Oct 2013:  Again without comment, only some musings on exponential circles.










Remark that we did not proof that the third factor is actually a circle...
(May be some other time.)  

That was it, till updates.


From 18Oct2013: This is a long update, we start and end with some graphs upon the determinant in three dimensions while in between a little bit of the general theory.

As so often general theories are extremely boring, but I hope that if you understand the Sledgehammer theorem you will go through the roof... 










At the end we proceed with the determinant in three dimensions, this time with the circular or natural multiplication: 





More on circular matrices in, for example, the next wiki: 


The applet for the two implicit graphs is found in a collection of applets, you have to search a little bit because the direct link to the applet is session bound. But here it is:

http://wims.unice.fr/~wims/wims.cgi  The name of the applet is polyray (written by XIAO Gang).

The applet for the log is of course from this collection of applets: 


That was it for this update, see you around! 


From  01 Nov 2013

We start with poking a little bit of fun towards the precious professional professors in the algebra, after that we proceed with eigenvalues and eigenvectors for the complex plane and the 3D complex numbers. 












Ok, lets hit a button named 'publish website'. 

Till updates. 


 From 08Nov2013: This update is by far the most stupid update possible! 

Now why is that?

Because it contains a very difficult problem, and if you can solve this problem, what have you gained? 



Here we go: 











Oh oh, Pythagorean 18-plets... 
There are days when I look into a mirror and say: 
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the most crazy of them all? 

Diophantus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diophantus 
Diophantine equation   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diophantine_equation 
Archimedes revenge (the cattle problem) http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ArchimedesCattleProblem.html 

In Dutch: 
Diophantische vergelijking http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diophantische_vergelijking


Later I added a small addendum with utterly useless knowledge: 



Till updates.  

Addendum & correction one year later: In higher dimensions it is just not an exponential circle. 
It is an exponential curve... Here is the update: 



So the name of the precious professor that thought equations of Diophantus were far more important compared to my dumb insights in higher dimensional complex numbers is Marius vd Put. 

At present date the entire math department still thinks Marius is extremely smart, but I know from experience that Marius was just not capable on only grasping the 3D complex numbers. 

Let's leave it with that, till updates. 



From 28Nov2013: Relations with linear control theory... 

The concepts from linear control theory named controllability and observability are found in all matrix representations we use in our differential algebra's.  

At the end of the update I do suggest a possible way of a Fourier transform in three dimensions.
Here we go:  








All I can hope for that this all is not too difficult for our endangered species under the name
Precious Professional Professors... 

And in order to understand a little bit how important the concept of controllability is I selected a few Youtubbers about the inverted pendulum. It is amazing how much progress has been made in just the last two decades...

From the Technische Uni Wien: 

Side-Stepping of the Triple Pendulum on a Cart 

Where this is from I don't know, but it is also a must see:  

Quadrocopter Pole Acrobatics 


A wiki on control theory: 

State space representation 


Till updates. 


From 08Dec2013: Correction (continuous Fourier transform) and addendum (discrete Fourier transform).

In an attempt to get as close as possible to standard math theory, I changed the definition for the continuous Fourier transform a little bit. And for reasons of being complete, after that a few side remarks on the discrete Fourier transform in particular eigenvector/value stuff. 

Here we go: 












Ok, that was it for this update. Till next time. 


Later updated: You find such matrices of eigenvectors related to the circular multiplication back in strange places, for example what to think of the quantum Fourier transform? 

Quantum Fourier transform 

Do you believe in quantum computing? 
I don't because I think that any quantum computer that grows too big will always destroy itself.  

Quantum computing is like a dream, there are more of those dreams that will never come to life, for you what is the most realistic dream? You can choose from:

-1- Artificial intelligence, or
-2- Nuclear fusion as a reliable source of energy, or
-3- Quantum computers that actually work. 

Till updates. 



From 24 Dec 2013: In this update two items: 

Item 1) The most general case for two dimensions, and
Item 2) In three dimensions, circular stuff, we express the inverse in terms of eigenvalues.   

Item 2 is the 'Song of omega'. 










 That was it for this update, till the next update.



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05 Jan 2014, the song of omega reloaded