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 Edward Lorenz: RIP

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PostSubject: Edward Lorenz: RIP   Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:15 am

As I've been informed, the eminent Professor Edward Lorenz has recently shuffled off this mortal coil.

The Daily Telegraph wrote an obituary about him about a week ago.

RIP, Edward Lorenz.
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PostSubject: Re: Edward Lorenz: RIP   Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:27 am

RIP. Great stuff, chaos theory.
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PostSubject: Re: Edward Lorenz: RIP   Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:27 am

How interesting that Lorenz's important and delightful theory did not grasp the imagination of the public until a colleague titled a lecture he gave

Quote :
Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?

Is there a lesson there to do with giving as much attention to the titles of our threads as to the content?
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PostSubject: Re: Edward Lorenz: RIP   Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:28 am

cactus flower wrote:
Is there a lesson there to do with giving as much attention to the titles of our threads as to the content?

Yes.


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PostSubject: Re: Edward Lorenz: RIP   Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:29 am

Auditor #9 wrote:
Yes.

Yes, Auditor #9?
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PostSubject: Re: Edward Lorenz: RIP   Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:39 am

Is that agreed then?
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PostSubject: Re: Edward Lorenz: RIP   Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:40 am

This is the Wikipedia article about him:

Link.

And this is the 10,000th post according to the Portal, woohoo!

It surely is....Cactus flower flower
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PostSubject: Re: Edward Lorenz: RIP   Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:54 am

We should make our thread names much sexier - we should name the new forum where Arts Culture Food Gaeilge Media will be going - something poetic and catchy too - something like Guns Germs and Steel .... Tongues Plumes and Drums?

Definitely thread titles though .
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PostSubject: Re: Edward Lorenz: RIP   Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:13 am

I wrote an obituary about him the night he died, on Indymedia. Unfortunately it got yanked as I practiced a bit of civil disobedience in the writing of it.

Edward is right up there with folks like Einstein and Newton. He was such a shy fellow that his wife Jane used to have to cajole him into talking to people. What he could never put into spoken words, his work put into human consciousness and understanding. It's rare that something so profound can be so beautiful too.

Lorenz caused: “one of the most dramatic changes in mankind’s view of nature since Sir Isaac Newton,” according to the folks who awarded him the 1991 Kyoto Prize for basic sciences.

As Lorenz’s ideas, born in the 60’s, travelled through the 70’s in a chaotic fashion, he brought about a massive change in established thinking. Freeman Dyson, world famous physicist described his ideas as
being “like an electric shock.” Even simple systems like a simple pendulum were shown to be something that weren’t understood in the least or indeed, in the most.

Lorenz, himself like a butterfly beating its wings, witnessed the storm he inspired. Not many will see their work so profoundly change so many. I hope in his passing, he was content.

Veni Vidi Duci

RIP


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PostSubject: Re: Edward Lorenz: RIP   Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:18 am

Auditor #9 wrote:
We should make our thread names much sexier - we should name the new forum where Arts Culture Food Gaeilge Media will be going - something poetic and catchy too - something like Guns Germs and Steel .... Tongues Plumes and Drums?

Definitely thread titles though .

I agree, as youngdan says, everything is connected, so it is hard to put things in a category. Poetic titles would be stretchier. drunken
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