Saturday, June 23, 2012

About It All, Part 1

"The universality of the deep chemistry of living things is indeed a fantastic and beautiful thing. And all the time we human beings have been too proud even to recognize our kinship with the animals."

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"What looks still to our crude eyes is a wild and dynamic dance."

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"Not just where did life come from, or where did the earth come from, but where did the stuff of life and of the earth come from? It looks as if was belched from some exploding star, much as some of the stars are exploding now. So this piece of dirt waits four and a half billion years and evolves and changes, and now a strange creature stands here with instruments and talks to the strange creatures in the audience. What a wonderful world!"

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"If you look closely enough at anything, you will see that there is nothing more exciting than the truth, the pay dirt of the scientist, discovered by his painstaking efforts."

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"...I read Faraday's "Chemical History of a Candle", a set of six Christmas lectures for children. The point of Faraday's lectures was that no matter what you look at, if you look at it closely enough, you are involved in the entire universe."

-- From The Meaning of It All Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist, by Richard P. Feynman, Basic Books, New York, 1998, pp. 12-14. I added the link to the Faraday book.

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