Poetic Algorithm of One is the visual story of a surprising series of equations. It is told through an adaption of the partial products algorithm, an elementary school method for teaching long multiplication.
The base-ten counting system is translated to base-two, visually compressing the physical space between the numbers. “10” is represented as twice the length of “1,” “100” is represented as twice the length of “10,” and so on. Color coding highlights parts of the product that represent the same magnitude. The patterns emerge as something we can visually perceive, even as the numbers get very large.