Emily Nussbaum starts her New Yorker review of the TV show, The Walking Dead, this way:
“At two hours, a zombie movie provides a bracing shot of nihilism. Zombies aren’t so much monsters as they are math, after all–seething, surging, interchangeable integers. Some go fast, some slow. Some are funny, some scary. But if the premise stays pure no true happy ending is possible, and, before you’ve even had time to absorb that fact, everyone you loved will be dead or lost in grief forever.”
Who knew? “Seething, surging, fast, slow, funny, scary, no happy ending possible.” These adjectives are not commonly applied to the integers. I might use orderly, paired, sequential, steadily increasing, regular, infinite. I could go so far as mysterious, unending, unpredictable (the primes) but I have never met a seething integer or a funny one. I wish I had.