This is the last in a series of posts on mathematical metaphors. Don’t let the topic scare you. We all use these metaphors, most of us use them every day.
This is a graph of a sinusoidal function. It is the most realistic metaphor, and rarely wrong.
This is the metaphor that takes the longest view.
Like so many Russian nesting dolls, it contains all the previous models. This is the metaphor that says whatever goes up, must come down.
This is the metaphor that takes each change in perspective, whether it is a bad day at the gym, an argument with a spouse, or a lost election. This is the metaphor being used when the Buddha says, “His success may be great, but be it ever so great the wheel of fortune may turn again and bring him down into the dust.”
This final metaphor is the one of serenity and peace.