History Main / FormulaicMagic

5th Dec '17 12:19:56 PM Xtifr
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Connected to the above, ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' by Charles Stross also shows magic as mathematics, to the point where computers solving certain equations can warp reality as per magical spells. Becomes a bit of a problem when the walls around reality start weakening, to the worst-case scenario of somebody solving equations in their head running the risk of accidentally summoning an EldritchAbomination.

to:

* Connected to the above, ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' The Lovecraft-inspired, ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' by Charles Stross also shows magic as mathematics, to the point where computers solving certain equations can warp reality as per magical spells. Becomes a bit of a problem when the walls around reality start weakening, to the worst-case scenario of somebody solving equations in their head running the risk of accidentally summoning an EldritchAbomination.
7th Oct '17 5:43:40 PM Gamermaster
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Magic in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' is incredibly similar to computer programming, to the point that [[ETGaveUsWiFi wizards that migrated to Earth used it as the basis for JavaScript]].
30th Sep '17 6:49:16 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''FineStructure'' uses science, not magic. In later stories, scientists fluent in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LanguageOfMagic Eka]] can unlock the "The simple knowledge of an equation is powerful in itself" kind of formulaic magic. [[spoiler:It's also revealed that the universe, or more accurately the imprisoning god, doesn't like anyone messing around with Eka.]]

to:

* ''FineStructure'' ''Literature/FineStructure'' uses science, not magic. In later stories, scientists fluent in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LanguageOfMagic Eka]] can unlock the "The simple knowledge of an equation is powerful in itself" kind of formulaic magic. [[spoiler:It's also revealed that the universe, or more accurately the imprisoning god, doesn't like anyone messing around with Eka.]]
27th Sep '17 8:36:29 PM GGCrono
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' series has a Calculator class that uses various magical effects. How their abilities work from an in-universe perspective is not specified.

to:

* The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' series has a Calculator class that uses various magical effects.effects, such as casting spells that hit every target whose level is a prime number. How their abilities work from an in-universe perspective is not specified.
10th Sep '17 6:48:12 PM KandC
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The last panel of ''{{Webcomic/xkcd}}'' [[http://xkcd.com/804/ #804]] treats the (very counter-intuitive) [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banach%E2%80%93Tarski_paradox Banach-Tarski paradox]] as a result you can get in real life if you take the axiom of choice.

to:

* The last panel of ''{{Webcomic/xkcd}}'' [[http://xkcd.com/804/ #804]] treats the (very counter-intuitive) [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banach%E2%80%93Tarski_paradox org/wiki/Banach-Tarski_paradox Banach-Tarski paradox]] as a result you can get in real life if you take the axiom of choice.
10th Sep '17 6:36:41 PM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Magic in Creator/HPLovecraft's mythos is often related to mathematics, and it makes sense considering his preference for AlienGeometries. In ''Dreams in the Witch House'', for instance, the protagonist is a mathematician who discovers an equation that would allow him to travel outside angled space (basically, to create wormholes). If you can understand the true nature of the universe, you can use that knowledge to do things that seem physically impossible to us. Provided you don't first GoMadFromTheRevelation or attract the attention of some EldritchAbomination, of course.

to:

* Magic in Creator/HPLovecraft's mythos is often related to mathematics, and it makes sense considering his preference for AlienGeometries. In ''Dreams in the Witch House'', "Literature/TheDreamsInTheWitchHouse", for instance, the protagonist is a mathematician who discovers an equation that would allow him to travel outside angled space (basically, to create wormholes). If you can understand the true nature of the universe, you can use that knowledge to do things that seem physically impossible to us. Provided you don't first GoMadFromTheRevelation or attract the attention of some EldritchAbomination, of course.
9th Apr '17 7:15:11 AM Allexan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Witches in ''Manga/SoulEater'' use "calculation magic" to make their spells more effective.

to:

* Witches in ''Manga/SoulEater'' use "calculation magic" to make their spells more effective.precise.
15th Mar '17 4:56:21 PM legendaryweredragon
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/another-goddamn-magic-system During this lecture]] the speaker explains that almost anybody who does not believe in luck cannot create a luck charm with magic, unless they are an actual statistician, because they know what it would actually take to create luck, as an example of how not everyone can or can't do the same things with magic.
12th Jan '17 6:30:15 PM Gamermaster
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Part 7 of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' takes geometry very seriously. A short 2 page lesson on the golden ratio gives the protagonist the power to create miniature wormholes.

to:

* Part 7 of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' takes geometry very seriously. A short 2 page lesson on the golden ratio gives the protagonist the power to create miniature wormholes.
8th Jan '17 2:36:38 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The UltimateMarvel version of the Scarlet Witch needs to work out the statistical probability of her hexes before she casts them for desired effects.

to:

* The UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel version of the Scarlet Witch needs to work out the statistical probability of her hexes before she casts them for desired effects.
This list shows the last 10 events of 130. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.FormulaicMagic