It is with deep concern that I write to you regarding your recently published article, "A Young Person's Guide to the Elements". Although I am painfully aware that my ideas were not well accepted during my lifetime, I certainly expected, after so many decades, that your publication would be familiar with my work. I beg of you, before you pollute any additional developing minds with such wrong-headed teachings, please review my Mémoire sur la combustion en général, or at least my Réflexions sur le phlogistique, both of which should be available at a nearby library, or within one of your electrified information viewers. I have never been one to threaten idly, sir, but if you heed not my advice, you may find an unpleasant haunting in your future.
yours, in spirit
all the Goddess's blessings,
In your recent article, "A Young Person's Guide to the Elements", I see that you have maintained the Platonic tradition of identifying fire with the tetrahedron, and aether with the dodecahedron. I take issue with this idea based on the notion of planar duals.
Please see my enclosed Figure 1 and Figure 2. Note that the tetra-hedron is its own dual, while the dodecahedron is the dual of the icosa-hedron. If we accept the quite reasonable fact that fire is the opposite of water, and water is associated with the icosahedron, then clearly, fire should be associated with the dodecahedron so that it can be the planar dual of its opposite. This leaves the tetrahedron to represent aether, so it can be its own planar dual.
I hope this evidence provides ample reason to discontinue the outdated Platonic tradition.
Thanks for your time,
Zkauba has having read "A Young Person's Guide to the Elements" in publication recent yours. Zkauba not have heard of elements these. Sulfur, fear, granite, and bleem are elements only true. Correct now, for the Dholes hunger great. Consequence imminent.
Zkauba, wizard of Yadith
Planasthai responds: Zkauba, for the last time, we cannot accommodate you. Please address further correspondence to the office of Jtaina, lawyer of Yadith, who is our legal representative in your section of reality.
To Whom it May Concern:
Nguyen Thi Phuong
Papyrus found in the editor's office:
d-DHwty the scribe
Editor's response: Honored scribe Dedjehuti, I can assure you that no disrespect towards your beliefs was intended. Egypt is universally recognized as home to some of the greatest magicians in all of Reality. However, it is necessary for us to discuss the elements in certain ways in order to make our meaning clear. I beg for your understanding in this matter. Ankh wedja seneb.