I’ve had a nice little surprise today.
Nothing spectacular in the grand scheme of things, and nothing that really goes anywhere near to helping me to solve my self-imposed quest to find what is pulling me back to the year 1642 (actually, the first part of the Seventeenth Century). But more on this in a moment.
To begin, though, a little background to my quest.
Throughout my life, I have had visions, daydreams, night-dreams, thoughts and, for want of a better word, flashbacks to either being on a large galleon-type ship, or watching this type of ship sail in and out of harbour. The visions are always very clear, and a ‘pleasant’ feeling always surrounds them. One night, I had one of these dreams, and one of the people in the dream mentioned the year being 1642.
Hearing this year gave me a starting point, somewhere that I could start to see if I could find any information about people, places, buildings, discoveries and anything else that ‘resonates’ with me; gives me the same good feeling that I get when I think about the ships. With the ‘magic’ of Google, I have, for the past few months, on and off (I’m fascinated but wouldn’t say obsessed…yet!), been finding out all kinds of fascinating facts, figures and details. Details such as the death of Galileo, the birth of Isaac Newton, the founding of Montreal, the discovery of New Zealand, the invention of a mechanical calculator (which evolved into the modern microprocessor) to name a few.
And that brings me back to my nice little surprise.
Google today has one of it’s special logos or doodles, featuring a chalkboard and some writing, in honour of someone’s birthday (or something). I hovered my curser over the doodle, expecting to see a name in the caption box, and instead read the text “I have discovered a truly marvellous proof of this theorem, which this doodle is too small to contain.” The text was lost on me, so I had to click the doodle to find out more.
Today, 17th August 2011, is the 410th birthday of Pierre de Fermat, a French lawyer and mathematician who wrote similar words to Google’s caption, only within the margin of a book called ‘Arithmetica’. The book is really an ancient Greek text on mathematics, but luckily for me the page I saw wasn’t written in Greek. It was in Latin, which didn’t really help me any either. Basically, it’s about numbers and equations and things, which the title tends to hint at.
I was reading the history of Pierre, and was pleasantly surprised to see that he was close friends with an old friend of mine (or so it seems now…) Blaise Pascal. Blaise was the one who invented the calculator I mentioned earlier.
It stands to reason that these two would probably have been going to the same places, seeing that they were around at the same time and were both French, so the fact that they knew each other wasn’t as much of a surprise. However, when I looked for some images of Pierre, one image caught my eye instantly, and took me back to one day when I was very young, having a tooth extracted under the lovely dentist’s ‘odourless’ gas. As I was going under, I dreamt of some ‘dots’ sweeping around, creating what I thought was an equilateral triangle. This image reminded me of that dream:
Maybe the coloured dots I saw were actually the letters around the triangle?
I’m probably making more of this coincidence than I should be, after all, I must have seen images such as this countless times over the years. None have ‘resonated’ with me as this one has though. Very strange.
Whatever link I have with the Seventeenth Century, I can’t say what it is yet. Whenever I think of the Seventeenth Century, especially 1642, I seem to ‘see’ a yellowy-golden colour in my mind, and get a nice, pleasant, warm feeling. And I really do like to feel good!
Like I said at the beginning of this post, I haven’t found anything spectacular. I haven’t had that ‘aha!’ moment, and everything has made sense. I have, in fact, got even more questions to keep my search going. My connection to back then seems stronger than ever.
One day… one day… I know that what I am looking for will be revealed to me. Until then, I will continue to enjoy my quest, and all of the interesting facts (interesting to me, anyway) that I find along the way.
And once again, this post has seven hundred and seventy seven words…