Complex Numbers Unravelled

In mathematics and in physics, complex numbers are considered mysterious. Although they are essential to solving fundamental problems in science and engineering, their true relationship with the physical world remains ambiguous. For example, why do they have two components, which are referred to as real and imaginary parts? Why is the imaginary part closely linked to the square root of minus one? And most importantly, what is their relationship with physical reality. This post answers those questions.


In this post, I shall unravel one of the mysteries of mathematics, that is the mystery of complex numbers. In future posts, I shall unravel other mysteries with reference to the basic elements of physical reality. They include infinity and irrational numbers of which (π) is considered most mysterious. Continue reading “Complex Numbers Unravelled”