*'There are quite a few "irrational" numbers such as Pi. If we could find a number that would express the position of the primes in relationship to the other numbers, that might be the ultimate irrational number.'*

There exists the common misconception among non-mathematicians that irrational numbers are numbers that somehow behave like coked-up psychotics. An irrational number is simply a number that can't be expressed as a ratio of two integers. Hence they are not-rational. Perhaps non-fractional numbers would have been a better name.

While Jimmie's second sentence thus makes poetic sense, it misunderstands what makes a certain number irrational and it also ignores that relationships between numbers are expressed in functions, not other numbers.

Please don't think that I'm a pedantic asshole for pointing out the easily made mistakes of somebody who does not make any claim about his mathematical knowledge. The only reason I bring this up is because the quote was taken from a book that was published on occasion of the exhibition 'In the Holocene' which took place at MIT of all places. In its blurb it's written that

*'both art and science can be seen to share an interest in knowledge and disruptive insights, yet are subject to different logics and conclusions.'*While in the arts the notion of manifold interpretations being equally correct has become engrained, in the exact sciences such things as wrong conclusions and faulty logic still exist.