[ by Charles Cameron — a comparative mapping of time and eternity? ]
From my POV, this image is superb:
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:
— 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.