Nothing = Something: Equilibrium Perspectives

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Dear friends and colleagues,

Our next Seminar talk will be on Thursday 27th APRIL, 2023 at 10a.m. (SPESSCE, Boardroom)

Speaker : Kukoyi, A.R.
Central Industrial Liaison and Placement Unit, University of Lagos

Title : Nothing = Something: Equilibrium Perspectives

Abstract : The word “Nothing” in philosophy, science, medicine and management is oftentimes recognized as an empty space, vacuum or void. How do we explain the value of zero account balance (nothing) for doing business if that zero balance itself isn’t something? How do we explain therapeutic placebo effect in medical care or the disruptive Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA) effect of COVID-19, COVID-20 and beyond (invincible virus) on social, political and economic lives or fortunes of individuals, organizations and nations? How do we explain the impacts of globalization on poverty, unemployment, hunger, diseases, financial crisis, climate change and social unrest? How do we solve the problems of “Development of Underdevelopment”, “Globalization and its Discontents” and the “Clash of Civilizations”? How do we address global energy poverty and terrorism or avert the existential threats of nuclear armageddon? How do we deliver the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)? The fact is that a zero account balance offers the means to receive funds from potential angel investors and venture capitalists capable of translating ideas in form of pitch deck (Nothing) into a global brand (Something). Hypothetically, the zero account balance itself, though Nothing equals Something! This assertion aligns with the principles of capital formation embedded in the development of human, social, organizational, physical and technology capital; that is, knowledge-skill-stamina, trust, relationship, money and space connectivity, respectively, in the workings of not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, globally. Like energy and matter; capital can neither be created nor destroyed but can be transformed from one form to another. In today’s 4th Industrial Revolution (Connected Systems) comprising knowledge, digital and circular economies, there are enormous potentials to create wealth for people if the understanding of what, how and why Nothing = Something using Equilibrium Perspectives is promoted. This multidisciplinary discourse will enrich the Body-of-Knowledge (BoK) for intellectual progress and advancement of society, if allowed to thrive. Given that Equilibrium Perspectives is a discourse towards understanding the nature and workings of natural and man-made systems for predictability, optimal performance and sustainability (POS), the presentation aims to deliver exactly that with a concise, clear and correct mathematical expression (0 = 1) derived from Thought Experiment. These analogies may sound strange but the truth, in fact, is that Everything was Nothing before it became Something and even Nothing is Something. Definitely, Equilibrium Perspectives on Nothing = Something offers mathematical insights for the advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Learning, Research and Development (LR&D) practice.

Best regards,

Ag. Head, Mathematics (Seminar & Colloquia)

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@TheLX @MelissaFiske @Igletn


That “Nothing = Something” was the gist of the paradigm-shifting presentation made by a public intellectual, Mr. Adeshola Kukoyi, at the monthly seminar series of the Department of Mathematics, University of Lagos, on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

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