Well, some of the dust has settled since the discovery of the blast door map in “Lockdown”. Almost all the English & Latin has been read and translated (see below).
I wanted to share with you some stuff I’ve been delving into a little deeper with lately. With a lot of the original map translated now, I noticed that the equations are neglected by almost everyone due to their complexity (and some early resolution problems). Apparently, however, Lostpedia has had a crack team of engineers and physicists working on this as well (check link for details).
I’ve taken a small view of the map and drawn out sections A-F, which have math or physics equations and notation, and will try to explain this for people without a science background. As many of you know, this is not my personal field, but I have a grasp of what is being discussed, and thought I’d focus on that for what average LOST viewers might want to know about the implications of these equations. Please see the Lostpedia link for more detailed discussion of the math & physics in solving the equations; or click on “Read more of this entry” for my briefer summary.
Bottom Line for Non-Science/Math-Oriented Folks:
1) At least 2 (likely 3) of the formulas have to do with measuring very strong electromagnetic fields. Couple this with other clues: HansoFoundation.org mentioned “research in sophisticated weapons systems”; and FakeHenry said he heard the sounds of a large magnet (capacitor?) powering up. Could a giant laser/EM beam be the “secret weapon” that is hidden at the circled “?” in the center of the map? My speculation only, not irrefutably proven canon from anything in the map.
2) There are coordinates for something having to do with The Numbers.
3) There’s a possible allusion to pentagons (72 degrees in Trigonometry Equation A) & the Golden Ratio/Fibonacci series (which shows up elsewhere in the show). For those who have seen the movie “Pi”, you will appreciate the significance (also, the director, Aranofsky, was asked to guest-direct an episode of LOST, so we know there is a relation there).
s = 2r cos 72Â°
= r âˆ™ (âˆš5 – 1)/2
w = 2s cos 72Â° = 4r cosÂ² 72Â° = r âˆ™ [(âˆš5 – 1)/2]Â²
H defines a magnetic field vector. The formula is a derivation of Maxwell’s Equation.
B measures magnetic flux density. The formula is a modified derivative of Biot-Savart.
The toughest to read, unfortunately, as this equation is cut off from the rest of the high res map. T is likely for Tessla here, as it appears immediately above “High potential for R.V.S.” (alternatively, could be for temperature in Kelvin). Tentatively, ideas have been put forth that it is a measure of an “extremely strong magnetic anomaly on the island”, with almost preposterously high field strengths. Suggestions are that it reads: “Bin => G Ã— 10^2 T” and “Be => B Ã— 10^2 T” (or higher, we can’t read the powers).
Square Roots from E
The simplest one on there, not really a formula; obviously the square roots are the first 3 Numbers in the series (4, 8, 15), so Iâ€™m not going to discuss it much. I just donâ€™t know if thereâ€™s any significance to it being in root form aside from the geek-cool factor. It was questioned why they did not extend the pattern for the remaining Numbers; perhaps this has meaning?
The first 3 Numbers appear here as Cartesian coordinates on 3 axes (x, y, z). There have even been suggestions of extending this pattern into Hilbert Space (important in Quantum Mechanics & wormhole theory), but it’s somewhat problematic.