May 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

“A planet doesn’t explode of itself,” said drily
The Martian astronomer, gazing off into the air–
“That they were able to do it is proof that highly
Intelligent beings must have been living there.”

– John Hall Wheelock

Peruse through Wheelock’s Collected and you won’t find another poem as memorable or as good as this. As Einstein said:

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”


May 21, 2012 § 1 Comment

Nature, it seems, is the popular name
for milliards and milliards and milliards
of particles playing their infinite game
of billiards and billiards and billiards.

– Piet Hein

Hein was a Danish mathematician and designer who wrote thousands of aphoristic poems called grooks, often on the subjects of science and philosophy. Due to the impossibility of absolute zero, this one will remain true until the universe implodes (and then possibly after).

In lieu of the scratchy illustrations that usually accompany Hein’s work, here is Hawkwind’s take on particle physics:

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