400 BC, Democritus:
The world consists of atoms, constantly moving in the same direction. Together they form complex structures.
– Lucretius: On the Nature of Things
99-55 BC, Lucretius:
Once, an atom must have changed direction and collided with another one. That is the clinamen: the smallest possible deviation.
spontaneity ∙ change ∙ beginning freedom ∙ the butterfly effect
Artists follow their predecessors, but then stray. That is the clinamen.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Aids to Reflection
Modern science needs a clinamen. At unpredictable times electrons jump.
the smallest possible jump, from here to there, with nothing in between
“Whether we look at atoms, at species, and later, at society, the same model is always at work. That is, at first an equilibrium and, here, there, tomorrow or yesterday, a deviation.”
– Michel Serres: The Birth of Physics
deviation as part of the system
does that still count as deviation?
– John Neubauer: Reflections on the “Convergence” between Literature and Science
Programmed orcs are able to strike and penguins are able to walk towards certain death. That is the clinamen.
– Dominic Pettman: The Orc and the Penguin
free will / glitch
Always new interpretations of the clinamen. That’s how the authors stray. That is the clinamen.
– Warren Motte: Clinamen Redux
interpretation as creation