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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Tuesday April 19, 2005
04:00 AM

Crystal / Flame

[ #24270 ]
Dear Log,

«Among the scientific books into which I poke my nose in search of stimulus for the imagination, I recently happened to read that the models for the process of formation of living things "are best visualized by the crystal on one side (invariance of specific structures)" and the flame on the other (constancy of external forms in spite of relentless internal agitation)." I am quoting from Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini's introduction to the volume devoted to the debate between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky in 1975 at the Centre Royaumont (Language and Learning, 1980, p.6)»

--Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium, 1993, p70-71