Chapter Five. SMART CODE

My pilgrimage almost came to a thundering halt when it came

to information theory and code (which is a carrier of information).

It was at this point that I felt that I had walked into a maze of very

complicated theoretics, nearly coming from and leaning forth

in all directions. Talk about "complexity," I was overwhelmed. I

couldn't even get a handle on any of this--and I once considered

myself a physicist, working on cutting-edge fusion research.

But when it came to my foray into "smart code," well I seemed

such a loser! I couldn't even find one of those yellow-backed

book-pamphlets that said "Information Theory for Dummies."

As it happened, however, I was lucky. One of the luminaries of

Fractal Theory presented a lecture which I attended. It was a

presentation open to the public, hence the presenter nearly

made it understandable.

I came to understand that a fractal is a computer-generated

geometric shape that can be split into parts. It can be iterated

down to the lowest point, flipped and reiterated from the smallest

of scales, yet remaining self-similar, forward to large scale

topological dimensions that can picture natural objects such as

clouds, mountain ranges, coastlines, snowflakes, and even

lightening bolts.

This lecture on Fractals took my breath away. Here we had a

mathematical fractal based on an "equation that undergoes

iteration, a form of feedback based on recursion." Albeit based

on computer-generated geometrics, far beyond Euclidean

geometric language, my imagination caught fire over Fractals.

Still not fully understanding the intricate basis of Fractals, I

believed that such a sophisticated means of carrying information

from an infinitely small process--via iteration--that results in the

depiction of large-scale natural objects could conceivably relate

to a kind of cosmic code. It's a stretch, but boy it is sophisticated.

[From the dictionary: FRACTALS are useful in modeling structures

in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales,

and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as

fluid turbulence and galaxy formation. ITERATION is the repetition

of a mathematical or computational procedure.]

## Thursday, July 9, 2009

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