Sunday Dinner: Precisely


“Philosophy [nature] is written
in that great book which ever is before our eyes –
– I mean the universe –
– but we cannot understand it
if we do not first learn the language
and grasp the symbols in which it is written.
The book is written in mathematical language,
and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures,
without whose help it is impossible
to comprehend a single word of it;
without which one wanders in vain through a dark labyrinth.”
Galileo Galilei



“Billions of years ago
there were just blobs of protoplasm;
now billions of years later
here we are.
So information has been created
and stored in our structure.
In the development of one person’s mind from childhood,
information is clearly not just accumulated
but also generated—created from connections
that were not there before”
James Gleick



“His way had therefore come full circle,
or rather had taken the form of an ellipse or a spiral,
following as ever no straight unbroken line,
for the rectilinear belongs only to Geometry
and not to Nature and Life.”
Hermann Hesse



“sacred knowledge of the cosmos
seems to be hidden within our souls
and is shown within our artwork and creative expressions.”
Nikki Shiva



“What if Loves are analogous to math?
First, arithmetic, then geometry and algebra,
then trig and quadratics…”
J. Earp



Photos by Woodland Gnome 2018

All but the first photo are from the woodland walk at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden.   The first photo is from our Forest Garden.

“the pattern appears so ethereally,
that it is hard to remember that the shape is an attractor.
It is not just any trajectory of a dynamical system.
It is the trajectory toward which
all other trajectories converge.”
James Gleick



“The geometry of the things around us
creates coincidences, intersections.”
Erri De Luca
“If the human mind can understand the universe,
it means the human mind is fundamentally
of the same order as the divine mind.
If the human mind is of the same order as the divine mind,
then everything that appeared rational to God
as he constructed the universe,
it’s “geometry,” can also be made to appear rational
to the human understanding,
and so if we search and think hard enough,
we can find a rational explanation and underpinning for everything.
This is the fundamental proposition of science.”

Robert Zubrin

About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

5 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Precisely

  1. Laurin Lindsey

    Love the fern photographs. Words worth contemplation. Traveling but will revisit when I get home. I like to savor your posts over several days.

  2. thanks for the garden images and delicious text.

    “if we do not first learn the language…”

    and my fav here is the math theme – this is so cool – went back a second time to get even more math connections (u, to connect the dots…)

    well done

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