Tuesday, March 8, 2005

QX Diaries - TFA

Teorin För Allt (TFA):

However, if we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist.
- Stephen Hawking

Kaosteorin (The Butterfly effect):

The flapping of a single butterfly's wing today produces a tiny change in the state of the atmosphere.
Over a period of time, what the atmosphere actually does diverges from what it would have done.
So, in a month's time, a tornado that would have devastated the Indonesian coast doesn't happen.
Or maybe one that wasn't going to happen, does.
- Ian Stewart "Does God Play Dice? The Mathematics of Chaos"

- So if I asked you about art, you'd probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life's work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right?
But I'll bet you can't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that.

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