Why three?

three spheres
three spheres

Welcome to The Book of Threes, a generalist’s playground. For about 30 years, Michael Eck has been thinking about threes. Things that come in threes. Now he combines that esoteric interest with his attachment to the Internet by creating what he hopes will be the book with the most authors ever (a lot more than three, anyway).

rgb colors
rgb colors

He suggests that in our minds we break concepts into three parts to understand whatever it is we are thinking about. We use threes to define systems. We use the third or middle point with regard to the extremes to define a point of view. Yadda yadda yadda.

color wheel
color wheel

The concept is simple. Just think of something that comes in threes, then go to this site and contribute it. For example: the colors on the American flag; Caesar’s most famous words, “Veni, vidi, vici” (“I came, I saw, I conquered”); the number of legs on each side of an insect.

Now it’s your turn . . .

– Source: Lycos review Top 5 sites, 1995

This video explains why we communicate using concepts in threes.

  1. Simplification
  2. Completion
  3. Memory

We explore different subject areas such as art, science, history, etc . . .

Michael Scott Eck

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