OVM Pseudo-Algebra and Surreal Numbers

Was just watching this funny video on Numberphile:

Here is the Surreal Numbers book on archive.org:


Got a kick out of the story around this stuff… When Knuth shows the notation for surreal numbers I suddenly remembered a weird program I’d written awhile back.


I had been out drawing in my sketchbook one sunday (almost 2 years ago) and found myself creating a tiny little system of symbols:

A few days later I speed coded a version of the system. Apparently I had posted a screenshot on FB while I was working on it:

See if you can figure out how it works. I’m sure the code could be cleaned up a bit…

While OVM has little/nothing to do with Surreal Numbers - I’m glad the video reminded me it…

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