The procedure of induction consists in accepting as true the simplest law that can be reconciled with our experiences.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein (6.363)
A horizontal four point five if taken to the right
and plotted to the imaginary vertical equivalent is positively nine.
Absolutely speaking then the point I wish to make of c
fits in to zero = zero squared + six point three six three;
(since a and b are equally
an added, rooted, four point five. See?)
*and rounded down to three.
Which simply means that six point three
six three’s the point we want to see,
and since it’s greater than a two
it’s well outside the set of inescapable complexities
that give the Mandelbrot the shape we’ve come to recognise.
That’s not to say it didn’t start
its life within the set
before it fled equation to invisible and infinite
Invisible because we cannot see it on the edge
of the cardioidal bug type cratered lakeside universe.
It must have got away too fast to warrant an inspection,
or simply didn’t have the time to show off all its colours.
(once i stepped up to a lake in early morning hours
to swim beneath an early morning moon among the stars.
The sand it shattered like a sheet of ice, or maybe glass,
around my leading dipping toe
and into phosphorescent shards
of green. I walked and hopped and skipped and jumped
along the length of it
up to the muddy mangrove end and back again and past it up the other way until I hit the rocky end.
I turned that lakeside black and green until I had exhausted all the energy, and the little baitfish calmed. I guess they just got used to me.)
And infinite because it’s worth remembering.
When information is cheap, attention becomes expensive.
— James Gleick (The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood)
For Bonnie, Kathi and Mark.