“Fire can be a light too strong to look at, like the sun. But properly harnessed, as in in the light of a candle, it flickers and casts shadows, accompanying our night vigils, during which a solitary flame takes hold of our imagination, with its rays that spread out into  darkness, and the candle symbolizes a source of life and, at the same time, a sun that dies away.”

…excerpts from Inventing the Enemy (Essays)  by Umberto Eco

I just got this book of essays by Umberto Eco from our county library. The other book I’m reading is The Fractal Geometry of Nature by Benoit Mandelbrot. I thought it will be a good follow-up of The Fractalist.