Intelligence moves like a wave, resonating with thoughts, positively reinforcing, affecting large areas at once: a university, or a city, or a small group of makers, thinkers, experimentalists, suddenly begin to produce extraordinary things...

The signal was faint, slight, tantalizingly rhythmic, emerging from the blank page, not noise. All attention was required, not just the focus of the measuring instruments, or the CPU processing cycles, but all human working hours, mealtimes, interstitial moments in the shower or the car. The one bit of coherence, maybe the only one ever known, had arrived and they were giving up everything to understand.

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