"The fluid way that a scientific notion is realized and "lives" in the minds of people who deeply understand it is a very different thing from a formal and rigid symbolic notation, which has been carefully devised to be as concise and rigorous as possible, and the two should not be conflated."
(103) Mandelbrot made mountains in counless numbers, searching for mathematical parameters that would generate what he saw as an accurate image of nature.
... 'the meaning of a scientific illustration had nothing to do with its aesthetic quality but was based on wholly different criteria. The object receives its meaning from qualities unrelated to its form....
how does oen properly analyze them outside the context in which they were created? What function one might accord to pictures in science in general?
Inasmuch as these picture sproduced under human control are intended to give shape to something invisible or incomprehnsible, they are once again imposing aesthetic form on raging patterns of current or the noise of electronic data. .. they rather reveal how people think about it. Above all, images of chaos theory illustrate how the history of the viusla arts has inscribed itself into such thinking.
(87) in a permanent reciprocal process, these media formualte problems, and in so doing they generate them. The meaning of a diagram or a wall chart depends on its design elements, on how well or poorly it was produced. It is subject to rules of taste as well as communication. Many such graphics betray a desire to make tangible the hidden workings of the worl dwhile also demonstrating the difficulty of giving form to something that has none.
Decisive connections are established only in the mind of the viewer who has visually read the graphic structure (and is usually lost without legends and additional explanations).
words and analogies;
Chinese Restaurant Process
Indian Buffet Process
Chinese Restaurant Franchise Process