Saturday, 5 March 2011

Day 16: A whirlpool in a river of ever-flowing water..

I was going to add a picture of this artwork on its own but today I went back to Peel Park for a walk and thought that putting my beautiful girlfriend in it would look a lot better :P I also need to have some more humans in my blog :) This beautiful bit of artwork has some beautiful/inspiring words inscripted into the silver spiral, "We are but whirlpools in a river of ever-flowing water. We are not stuff that abides but patterns that perpetuate themselves." this is only a segment from a statement made by a mathematician from the 1950 Norbert Weiner
"Pattern is the “organized complexity” from which all life was assembled and human beings ultimately emerged. That pattern of organization is the touchstone of our personal identity. Our tissues change as we live; the food we eat and the air we breathe become flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone...We are but whirlpools in a river of ever-flowing water. We are not stuff that abides but patterns that perpetuate themselves."
I am not sure I can add anything more as that is just an amazing and logical way to see life as something physical pattern. I find that because I am dyslexic I can find patterns in everything but I have never tried to find one in life. I think that is all for today. I hope you enjoyed the picture! 
Now some random facts! 
Norbert Wiener (November 26, 1894, Columbia, Missouri – March 18, 1964, Stockholm, Sweden) was an American mathematician.
A famous child prodigy, Wiener later became an early studier of stochastic and noise processes, contributing work relevant to electronic engineering, electronic communication, and control systems.
Wiener is regarded as the originator of cybernetics, a formalization of the notion of feedback, with many implications for engineering, systems control, computer science, biology, philosophy, and the organization of society.


  1. Beautiful picture, and even more beautiful because of Fanny. Excellent words today. X

  2. Crystal Metzler5 March 2011 at 18:14

    He is a very smart man! Maybe they should add a statue of a human in that whirlpool as i think it would give it something extra! :) but i guess sometimes simplicity is all that is needed! :) good blog today! :) (Hi Fanny!)

  3. It pleases me that you provide us with such random knowledge to enrich our day. (Y)

  4. Thank you :p I am glad you like the pictures and the info :P

  5. ‘The mind receives a myriad impressions – trivial, fantastic, evanesant, engraved with the sharpness of steel. From all sides they come, incessant shower of innumerable atoms; and as they fall, as they shape themselves into the life of Monday or Tuesday, the accent falls differently from old; the moment of importance came not here but there; so that if a writer were a free man not a slave, if he could write what he chose not what he must and not upon conventions.’ Virginia Woolf, 'Modern Fiction', Collected Essay II - 1919.