Some delightfully sweet Valentine's magic for you to perform

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I feel like I missed in the description why it’s called “The Whitman’s Algorithm.” It doesn’t seem to be an algorithm, it’s just how a grid works. “Two spaces to the left and one space up” is the same as “one space up and two spaces to the left.”

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This is pretty impressive if your true love is in middle school.

Just a fancy name for it, playing on the box of chocolates theme. Whitman’s is a brand of chocolate sampler boxes, and it’s following a set of directions to reach a pre-determined point on the grid.

If we want to be fancy, we could say the magic words “Z^2 is an abelian group”.

In my elementary school the label given to it was the commutative property of addition.

Well, in this case is not a matter of the property of addition, right? The moves are commutative on this surface, but we can imagine topologies where they are not commutative. So it must be a property of the surface, right?

I’m pretty sure there’s a time/space warp in there, as well as some quantum mechanical properties. Maybe some of those time crystals we’ve been hearing about recently.

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