From Algorithm’s Journal, age 6 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, 1 day, 5 hours, 22 minutes and 30 seconds.
“There’s a school yard full of kids going about their usual lunchtime chaos; shouting and running around as kids will tend to do. Except in the corner, there’s one kid who’s carrying a huge book on mathematics. It is much too large for small 6 year old hands so he balances it on his school bag as he reads through, his eyes never stopping for a moment.
A bully makes his way over to the kid, having picked him as an easy target, unlikely to fight back. No doubt the bully is abused at home and feels the need for attention and affection from his peers to balance the hate and violence he is subject to.
Just as the bully reaches out to either pull off his glasses or possibly grab the big book, a teacher pounces and takes him away to scold in the teacher’s room. This was the bully’s first attempt to torment the kid, but he had been caught! How unlucky was that!
It wasn’t actually down to luck. That was me understanding that there was a high probability of the bully seeing me and picking me his next target. His usual target is on holiday in France for the week and given the ratio of students larger, stronger or faster than the bully, or students with more friends to fall back on, it was an 84.4% offhand possibility that the bully would see me and decide that I was the easiest victim. So I told the teacher”
At the age of 26, with 3 PHD’s in advanced mathematics and theorem and a string of highly respected papers to his name, Dr Geoffrey Ashdown was approached by a highly secretive government institute to work on a classified project. He turned them down.
They asked him again, for “Queen and Country” and offered him a lot of money. He turned them down.
They sent Dr. Lesley Jones, a known mathematical prodigy and one of the undeniably most beautiful woman in England. He still turned them down.
However, Lesley had not become head research scientist for England’s most secretive and progressive branch with ties to both MI5 and MI6 by accepting no for an answer. She turned her full charm and wit on to Geoffrey and worked on him for months. She was surprised to find that despite the genius intellect, he was actually quite shy and despite herself, came to care for him greatly.
No one was more surprised than him to find that he cared for her too. It was a meeting of great minds, both with a passion for maths and it soon became clear that the sum of the parts was greater than the individuals. Together their work blossomed into amazing new areas.
Their research became the stuff of legends, even within the government branches and the implications of what they could achieve held no bounds. They soon bypassed their original scope of research and began investigations into Hilbert Space and multiple dimensions. Through the use of pure mathematics they had found a way of delving into these other dimensions, through defying and controlling the very laws of physics and imposing the will of mathematics onto the material plane.
It was an amazing journey and soon they began expanding their research to try and bring something across the gateway. With a garrison of soldiers at the ready, they opened their first portal of pure mathematics in space and time…
And something reached out to them instead… It was a being of pure energy, from a world of constant power and forces. Lightning and light filled the room and tentacles of shimmering, crackling energy reached through the portal and snatched Lesley away, drawing her back through the portal. The soldiers started shouting and opened fire on the creature.
It howled as bullets splashed against it, and it fired back. A ray of pure light shot through the portal and incinerated everyone in the room in an instant, leaving nothing behind but a fine powder.
Geoffrey’s final moment was seeing Lesley still in the grips of the pure energy tentacles, being drawn back through the portal… he screamed and reached out to the machine controlling the portal, that machine that imposed the will of pure mathematics onto the world and touched its glimmering heart just before his body was destroyed.
Even as his body was destroyed by the blinding energy, Geoffrey’s mind and thoughts transferred into the machine. By merging his will with the machine’s power, he quickly reformed a body of theoretical numbers and tried to save Lesley. But it was too late, by saving his own life and using the machine’s energy he had closed off the portal, leaving Lesley to the fate of the energy being and that world of pure power.
Now, Geoffrey Ashdown exists as a construct of his own mind merged with pure theoretical mathematics. He can impose his own laws of physics to create a body of numbers and interact with the world.
It has been nearly ten years since the event that took his Lesley away but he has never stopped searching for her. He has managed to create a lesser version of the inter-dimensional machine, but without coordinates he has no possibility of finding the world she was dragged into. It appears the machine can only work at random and there are infinite possible worlds to get through.
Having discovered the new powers his body offers him, he has begun to do some good in the city under the name Algorithm because he knows it is what Lesley would have wanted but his true passion still remains dimensional exploration - trying in vain to find the woman he feels he abandoned.