About "Quantum Poem"


The first half of the 20th century saw the first revolution in classical mechanics since Newton. Quantum mechanics became reality and changed existing views of the world. Methods reflecting the principles of quantum mechanics were adopted on various levels, including for example quantum computation as proposed by David Deutsch in 1985.
A poem mirrors the world-view of its age.
The Quantum Poem series was created on five consecutive days starting on January 5th, 2002. The poems present a "many-worlds interpretation" by quoting weather forecasts published in the Mainichi Shimbun*, along with the number of Pure Poem lines written. The weather report quotes are associated among others with ancient poets' attempts to create links to the future through aspects of prophecy. In this sense, the Quantum Poem is a simulacrum simulating ancient poetry.
This graphic edition of Quantum Poem complements the separately published (Japanese-only) text version.

*Mainichi Shimbun ("Daily Newspaper") is one of the largest newspapers in Japan.


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