The Small in the Big and the Big in the Small

“ should try to show the small in the big, and the big in the small, and provide for the real in the unreal and for the unreal in the real…”

Shen Fu (1763-1810) from ‘Six Records of a Floating Life’

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Small in the Big and the Big in the Small

Gandhi said, “Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.” Despite this truth, many of us look to the ‘big picture’ for answers and for meaning. At the same time, in science and technology we plumb the depths for answers and for truth. There is a paradox in quantum physics. The smaller you go looking for the source of it all – to the smallest subatomic particle – the bigger things get. All we find is space – the ultimate ‘big in the small’.

As a big picture thinker, I’m always looking for what connects the ‘big’ and the ‘small’. I invite you to join me in an exploration of insignificance. We will find that it is embedded in the grand design. Rather, those bit of ‘insignificance’ are the grand design – the big picture. I will report here on efforts to determine what connects the big and the small.

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