Perspective

While I prepare my next series of posts, which will be on the theme of torsors and similar “forgetting some structure”-type constructions in algebra and geometry (the latter including, of course, perspective and projective geometry), here’s a quote that I rather like from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s book Good Omens:

God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players*, to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.

*i.e., everybody

The next time someone tells you to get a little perspective, just take a calm breath and remember that a little perspective is all you’re likely to get: the universe is a BIG and mysterious place. 🙂

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