Eadem mutata resurgo

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Eadem mutata resurgo (Word-for-word translation: Same having-changed I-rise) is a Latin phrase that literally translates to "Although changed, I arise the same" or "I rise again changed but the same". The phrase was first known to be used by Jakob Bernoulli (1654-1705), a member of the famous Swiss mathematical family, and appears on his tombstone in Basel. Bernoulli was referring to the continual appearance of the logarithmic spiral in nature, such as with the curves of the Nautilus shell.[1]

The College of St Hild and St Bede at the University of Durham adopted this phrase for its signatory logo.[2] It is also the motto of the Collège de 'pataphysique.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eli Maor, E: Story of a Number ( Princeton University Press, 2009: ISBN 0-691-14134-7), p. 127.
  2. ^ The College of St Hild and St Bede (pdf).
  3. ^ Collège de 'pataphysique Collection.