March 14, 2018

I would never pretend that I understand much of higher mathematics or physics, but I have great appreciation for those who do. I especially like it when a scientist says or writes something that I can sort of comprehend. The sense that there are wonders and beauty in both mysterious and comprehensible patterns in the universe makes me happy. I remember when I first learned the word “fractal” and a little bit about chaos theory. Suddenly my mind was awakened to fresh ways of seeing clouds and broccoli. For a while, even knowing that traffic patterns follow chaos theory made it a little less annoying.

Why is science on my mind tonight? Two reasons: It’s pi day (3.14) and I’m remembering the passing of Stephen Hawking. While he expressed some views that I do not share, I do love these words of a great scientific mind:

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities. 

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.

Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris (ReadSoMuch)
    Mar 14, 2018 @ 21:29:20

    I appreciate science and everyone who has the smarts to explain the concepts to others! My experience with fractals is from Frozen :).
    I really like the first quote from Stephen Hawking – it’s very true no matter what change a person faces.

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  2. johnrereads
    Mar 14, 2018 @ 22:14:27

    My favorite part is – knowing that traffic patterns follow chaos theory made it a little less annoying.
    thanks for being curious!

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  3. persistenceandpedagogy
    Mar 14, 2018 @ 22:20:19

    I really appreciate that you find something to value even though you know that you don’t always share his views. Would that we could all do that more often. And happy pi day to you!

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  4. hansonberries
    Mar 14, 2018 @ 22:53:07

    The passing of an amazing man whose genius transcended most of us here on this earth…just like Pi is transcendental! Thank you for sharing some beautiful quotes! Happy Pi Day!

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