Primitive Program
— a poem by Joseph Osel

Primitive Program

one must find
ways of doing
layers linked to lines
called edges
a sequence of 0s and 1s

each enter from above
depending on
an array of gates
a circuit
appropriate according to
predetermined formats

a nightmare
resulting in number
in time
one way of one

*Diagram captured from chapter 1, p. 13 of "Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction" (2002, Oxford University Press) by Timothy Gowers.
Joseph Osel is a critical theorist, poet and Editor of Imperative Papers. He is the founding Literary Editor of The Commonline Journal, the archivist for Radical Critique and a Contributing Editor for its international auxiliary journal.

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