It has been decades since Christopher Alexander wrote A Pattern Language, but it is still a very important book in eco-architecture. While much of the contents are dated, the concept of laying out a system of patterns which build on each other is a very valuable one. In fact, this has been my archetype for this blog.
This goes far deeper than "Towns, Buildings, Construction," (the subtitle of A Pattern Language). The more famous John Archibald Wheeler, physicist, struggled with the implications of quantum theory. In particular, there is a relatively famous "double slit" experiment (described in better detail in The Ghost in the Atom) which challenges our notions of reality. If electrons go through a single slit, they end up in a simple bell-shaped curve. If they go through two slits, they interfere with each other and create a much more complex pattern. Where it gets really strange is if they slow down the electrons so only one is going through at a time, the complex pattern is still generated. The electrons still interfere with each other, even though only one is present at a time.
Cutting to the chase, what this really means is that all our formulas, theories, and laws don't really matter. All we really have are patterns to recognize and follow.
I will try to be your guide to the patterns you will encounter on the Long Ascent.