Saturday, March 24, 2018

The joy of figuring out haiku non-sequiturs

Consolation Lake

Richard Feynman was famously motivated by the joy of figuring things out. His scientific journey earned him a Nobel Prize. Let’s see how joyfully this poem can be figured out.

Line 1 is a little less enigmatic if you Google eponymous laws: Many scientific phenomena are defined by eponymous laws or principles or rules, named after the person who first discovered or defined them – Avogadro, Newton, Mendel, Planck – and most of us can’t remember them (with the notable exception of Murphy, whose law everyone remembers). The line still doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it is less enigmatic.

Most Canadians will know the meaning of line 2 – Wayne Gretsky was known for his uncanny ability to take control of the puck by getting to where it would be. Everyone wants to be like Gretzky and skate to where the puck is going, not where it’s been.

It’s been a while since I explained what this haiku project is about.  If you`d like to read that post again, click on Computer-Generated Clean Energy Haiku.