[arcadia_group] Video Quest and Related Others

  • From: Daniel Sincell <dsince1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: arcadia_group@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2009 17:11:16 -0400


Dan here.  I've been locating some Arcadia videos, only trouble is most are
at out-of-state libraries (as far as free copies are concerned.)  There is
one located in College Park, in case we want to pursue that.

Not that we necessarily need another idea, but just to throw one into the
mix - if we want more of a physical presence for the video idea, this is
from an article titled "Science in Hapgood and Arcadia" by Paul Edwards in
the Cambridge Companion to Tom Stoppard (Hapgood is another of Stoppard's

"At the end of the play, the table has accumulated a variety of objects
that, if one saw them without having seen the play, would seem completely
random and disordered. Entropy is high. But if one has seen the play, one
has full information about the objects and the hidden 'order' of their
arrangement, brought about by the performance itself. Entropy is low; this
can be proved by reflecting that tomorrow night's performance of the play
will finish with the table in a virtually identical 'disorder'—which
therefore cannot really be disorder at all."

So, the table symbolizes an underlying theme, one of chaos/order (and
touches on the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics).  I thought IF we go through with
the video, and we are able to coordinate some of these things, the items on
the table (tortoise, apple, book, etc) can act as segues to the video.  Or,
if the video does not come to fruition, use the table as a stand alone.  I
figure this could be an easy addition or perhaps a contingency.  I'll work
on creating something a bit more concrete.

Finally, here are a few websites with decent references should you want/need

<http://kasmana.people.cofc.edu/MATHFICT/mfview.php?callnumber=mf3>Arcadia -
Tom Stoppard<http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/stoppt/arcadia.htm#links>
Eden Prairie High School: Arcadia Web
ARCADIA <http://www.sff.net/people/mberry/arcadia.htp>

How is everything coming with everyone else?


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