PointLess

«God does not play dice.» Albert Einstein

pointless

 

1973

mixed technique h 82 cm, squaring of the circle

Dedicated to “Le hazard et la necéssité” by Jacques Monod

 

 

 

This work is dedicated to Jacques Monod, author of 'Le hazard et la necessité', who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1971.
You can’t play with blank dice.
Einstein famously responded to the theory of quantum mechanics by saying ‘God does not throw dice.’
In contrast, Mallarmé thought that 'a throw of the dice will never abolish chance.'
A die without points is pointless, as the universe can also appear to be. As Steven Weinberg in his book about the birth of the universe ‘The First Three Minutes,’ says: ‘The more the universe seems comprehensible the more it also seems pointless’.
Playing links us evolved beings to animals, and is the engine of evolution. From Charles Darwin on, nature has emerged as the principal player - sometimes mocking, sometimes generous - from whose passion for gambling comes every single feature of every living being. Evolution proceeds by errors in the transmission of the gene pool from generation to generation: errors, however, that reveal the winning cards in the great game of adaptability.