# x,y

Godfather of the equation, superscript, optics, vortices and

‘I think, therefore I am’, René Descartes took the credit

for lots. Irrevocably splicing algebra and geometry, his

lettered crosshairs, x and y, complicated the Euclidian plot

of dots and planes, rendering straight lines to curves and

triangles into waves. Even Isaac Newton was baffled,

allegedly. Where does that leave us, who have to take

so much on trust? Sometimes curve and axes never touch.

**Jean Bleakney**