LONG-RANGE PLAN

  LONG-RANGE PLAN Another Earth, just twelve light years away, was found in our space telescopes today! Though what it looks like we can’t really say, we’re pretty sure that liquid water may exist upon its surface anyway. We can infer water’s liquidity due to its “Goldilocks” vicinity discerned through Einstein’s relativity, duration of periodicity […]

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The Nurture Of Nature

THE NURTURE OF NATURE We think we can preserve the life we see by simply storing it genetic’ly, or in museums of taxidermy or zoos, that almost let it wander free. An animal that’s caged might perform stunts But wont display natural behavior the tiger that is fed no longer hunts, and the zookeeper is […]

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THE IMAGINARY ABSOLUTE

THE IMAGINARY ABSOLUTE Gustav Köln was a physicist for life. His work had been all that mattered to him, but he had recently taken a wife –
a dedicated co-worker named Kim.             She’d always been worshipfully supportive to scientific quests and inquiry, but she had turned quite clearly abortive
 on what was his big opportunity. […]

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RIGGED FOR SUCCESS

There’s a philosophical anecdote that’s relevant to physicists today: One must stay afloat and rebuild the boat when, out at sea, safe harbor’s far away. The cargo is loaded, voyage begun, and progress made can’t be abandoned now,                                    […]

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View From Earth

Sequel to BARD OF MARS INVOCATION Ubiquitous, therefore hard to assess, an elegant complexity is found, quite dauntingly difficult to express, innately lavish, vibrantly unbound. From forest to the desert or the sea, from far or in a microscopic view, at any scale, it works exquisitely, and wonder, awe and reverence are its due. Fit […]

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Salt On A Bird’s Tail

SALT ON A BIRD’S TAIL “He went to catch a dicky bird, And thought he could not fail, Because he had a little salt, To put upon its tail.” — Simple Simon   The Scientific Method doubts itself and runs experiments designed to fail — run once, or twice or all the way to twelfth, […]

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Completely Contented

“I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition.”
– Paul Dirac to Robert Oppenheimer

“You forgot that science has evolved from poetry, and failed to see that a change of times might beneficently reunite the two as friends, at a higher level and to mutual advantage.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Entropic Hope

ENTROPIC HOPE   Dr. Smart, with sweeping dioramics, summarized theory accepted today: “The first few laws of thermodynamics: You can’t win, break even or get away.   “No matter speed of acceleration, the universe runs down since the Big Bang. The fate of order is dissipation. The spring, once sprung, can’t be re-sprung. It sprang. […]

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Tourist Transport

TOURIST TRANSPORT   When people come to a poem (through their own free will), they are prepared to step off familiar shores, ferried by the poet gondolier.   The vessel must be yare and in keeping with the scene, ideally classical in design – without intruding technology – and with simple lines.   The ride […]

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