“This pattern is not just useful, not just beautiful, it’s inevitable. This is why science and mathematics are so much fun, you discover things that seem impossible to be true and then get to figure out why it’s impossible for them not to be.”—
Vi Hart on Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant, Part 3!
Awonderfulseries about, well, spirals, the Fibonacci sequence and, being a plant.
“So humanity has known for a long time what fractals are. It is a very strange situation in which an idea which each time I look at all documents have deeper and deeper roots, never (how to say it), jelled.”—Benoit Mandelbrot
As the authors were offering their final points at the end of the Q&A, [Steven] Johnson hit on a metaphor that, for once, everyone could agree on: the city.
The city, like the internet, is noisy, distracting, overwhelming, and potentially isolating. But people choose the city for its stimulus and connection, says Johnson, “and for me technology is like that: I know the cost, but I choose it.”
[Sherry] Turkle jotted down the metaphor on her notepad before responding:
“The best artists learned to find solitude in the middle of the metropolitan space,” she said. And “we need to learn to find solitude in the technological space.”
I will take this moment to reflect on what has been an epic exercise in utter frustration: Sifting through poorly written documentation or tutorials for an otherwise excellent programming language, framework, project, etc.
It seems that nowadays, the original phrase R.T.F.M. is also quickly…