Jurassic Park (novel)

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Jurassic Park (1990) by Michael Crichton

  • "At the earliest drawings of the fractal curve, few clues to the underlying mathematical structure will be seen."
    • Ian Malcolm - First Iteration Sectional
  • "With subsequent drawings of the fractal curve, sudden changes may appear."
    • Ian Malcolm - Second Iteration Sectional
  • "Details emerge more clearly as the fractal curve is re-drawn."
    • Ian Malcolm - Third Iteration Sectional
  • "Inevitably, underlying instabilities begin to appear."
    • Ian Malcolm - Fourth Iteration Sectional
  • "Flaws in the system will now become more severe."
    • Ian Malcolm - Fifth Iteration Sectional
  • "System Recovery may prove impossible."
    • Ian Malcolm - Sixth Iteration Sectional
  • "Increasingly, the mathematics will demand the courage to face its implications."
    • Ian Malcolm - Seventh Iteration Sectional
  • "I believe my life has value, and I don't want to waste it thinking about clothing. I don't want to think about what I will wear in the morning. Truly, can you imagine anything more boring than fashion? Professional sports, perhaps. Grown men swatting little balls, while the rest of the world pays money to applaud. But, on the whole, I find fashion even more tedious than sports."
    • Ian Malcolm - Second Iteration "Malcolm"
  • "There is a problem with that island. It is an accident waiting to happen."
    • Ian Malcolm - Second Iteration "Malcolm"
  • "The reason I ask," Malcolm said, "is that I'm told large predators such as lions and tigers are not born man-eaters. Isn't that true? These animals must learn somewhere along the way that human beings are easy to kill. Only afterward do they become man-killers."
    • Third Iteration "The Tour"
  • But we have soothed ourselves into imagining sudden change as something that happens outside the normal order of things. An accident, like a car crash. Or beyond our control, like a fatal illness. We do not conceive of sudden, radical, irrational change as built into the very fabric of existence. Yet it is.
    • Third Iteration "Control"
  • "Broadly speaking, the ability of the park is to control the spread of life forms. Because the history of evolution is that life escapes all barriers. Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way." Malcolm shook his head. "I don't mean to be philosophical, but there it is."
    • Third Iteration "Stegosaur" P. 178
  • "Let's be clear. The planet is not in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. We haven't got the power to destroy the planet - or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves."
    • Ian Malcolm - Seventh Iteration "Destroying the World"
  • Discovery is always a rape of the natural world. Always.
    • p. 284
  • "You're going to engineer a bunch of prehistoric animals and set them on an island? Fine. A lovely dream. Charming. But it won't go as planned. It is inherently unpredictable, just as the weather is."
    • Third Iteration - Stegosaur P. 178

[Harding watches over Malcolm, delirious, weak, morphine-drugged and dying.]

Malcolm: [Weakly] Everything looks different ... on the other side.
Harding: On the other side?
Malcolm: When ... shifts.
Harding: Shifts?
Malcolm: Paradigm.
Harding: Paradigm shifts?
Malcolm: No, not ... paradigm ... beyond.
Harding: Beyond paradigm?
Malcolm: Don't care about ... what ... anymore ...
Harding: What don't you care about?
Malcolm: Anything. Because ... everything looks different ... on the other side. [And he appears to die]

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