Not necessarily if you know Calculus, you can rewrite it with limits. Think of it as homing in on our target. To answer the survival question, I believe that the "5th Dimension" is an actual function in the space time continuum that connects with all parallel universes. What that function is, that is the one level we are on par with the other universe.
The nice thing with finding an undiscovered algorithm is that you are able to go outside the box.