October 28th, 2011 • 12:11 PM
Breakthroughs on Riemann's Method

by Jason Ross

A comprehension of the breakthroughs in method made by Bernhard Riemann is of the utmost importance for understanding the economic forecasting methods of Lyndon LaRouche. I recently produced a series of videos on Riemann:

  • Riemann I: The Habilitation Dissertation • Riemann’s 1854 Habilition Dissertation re-defined the nature of geometry, physics, and the human mind. Often wrongly considered as a mathematical discussion, Riemann places Mind at the center of science, and his programmatic outlook requires that any serious scientist study the creative process itself.
  • Riemann II(a): Potential and MetaphorWhat gets wetter the more it dries? Riddles can help illustrate an important concept for economics and science: the use of metaphor to convey ideas that cannot be stated explicitly. Here, Riemann's use potential theory and Dirichlet's Principle clarify the role of metaphor in language, and the nature of discoveries.
  • Riemann II(b): Abelian Functions • The Apollo mission was estimated to have had a $14 return for every $1 invested. But were they the same dollars? The incommensurable jumps in economics defy normal accounting methods, and Riemann's work on Abelian functions provide an insight into how such leaps can be conceptualized as the substance of economy, rather than as exceptions.
  • Riemann: A Discussion • Oyang Teng and I discuss the last two videos, particularly focusing on the nature of metaphor and what it is to know that something exists, or, what is really the same thing, what is the nature of determining principles.

I can't even try to summarize these videos in a blog post... well, actually I was trying just now, but scrapped that plan.

My goal is that this thread can serve as a useful point for discussion of the Riemann work as a whole. (More specific remarks may also be left on the pages of the specific videos.) Please view the videos, and share your (on topic) breakthroughs, questions, frustrations, and comments!

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The Basement Project began in 2006 as a core team of individuals tasked with the study of Kepler's New Astronomy, laying the scientific foundations for an expanded study of the LaRouche-Riemann Science of Physical Economics. Now, that team has expanded both in number, and in areas of research, probing various elements and aspects of the Science of Physical Economy, and delivering in depth reports, videos, and writings for the shaping of economic policy.