Samara O'Shea

Making Nonsensical Sense

At this point, I’ve decided to keep my 9/11 thoughts to myself. The weekend came and went and I hope everyone commemorated the anniversary in a meaningful way. The only thing I’d like to comment on are the memorial pools themselves. They are amazing. I was expecting two shallow reflective pools the same size as the buildings. What they came up with is breathtaking—an extraordinary way to honor the victims and first responders.

The names on the memorial appear to be carved in random order, but fascinatingly they are not. Check this out: Commemorative Calculus: How an Algorithm Helped Arrange the Names on the 9/11 Memorial.