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Image via Elkus

[ by Charles Cameron — a comparative mapping of time and eternity? ]

From my POV, this image is superb:

Adam Elkus Chess image

It demonstrates both the experience of the human chess player, who cannot in general play by a “brute force” method since the tree of choices exceeds his neuronal capacity, and the rational experience of the brute force method, illuminated in the case of a problem small enough in scale for artful representation.

And part of what’s interesting — wonderful — here is the fact that the chess board is graphically far less beautiful, I dare to say, than the representation of the corresponding tree of choices.

And it reminds me of nothing so much as Mark Lombardi‘s fine art “conspiracy” graphs, like this one:

lombardi graph

— taken from Lombardi’s book, Global Networks, in which the artist draws the networks of influence surrounding eg oil and war in the Middle East — and which I’m sure can be found with a little effort for less than the $234.63 atvwhich Amazon currently offers a used paperback copy.


With thanks to Adam Elkus for pointing me to this concise icon of the Garden of Forking Paths.

2 Responses to “Image via Elkus”

  1. Tim Furnish Says:

    Great piece; but I disagree that the decision tree is more beautiful than the chess board. There are few things in life more beautiful than a chess board with pieces–esp. the Staunton 2-D ones, which I’ve loved since following Fischer v. Spassky in 1972 in the newspaper stories and graphics!

  2. Charles Cameron Says:

    Thanks, Tim.
    I’d agree as to chess boards, plural, that some of them can be extraordinary works of art — but of the two graphical representations, I find the tree more beautiful than the checkered board graphic — and the combination of the two even finer.

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