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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Topping The Star Charts

Happy 40th Anniversary to Voyagers 1 & 2!  Almost out of the solar system, traveling faster than anything else man has ever built, soon (in an astronomical sense) you will announce our presence to the rest of the intelligent universe (if it exists). You are our first spacecraft unable to ask, “Are we there yet?” […]

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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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Astronautical Joys

Life in interstellar space will have its perks. ASTRONAUTICAL JOYS One day the horizon won’t seem so vast, when we step off the planet of our birth. In space, we’ll look ahead into the past to find a future never seen on Earth. The farther out we look the further back we see to the […]

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Baby Picture Of The Universe

The Baby Picture of the Universe is an image taken from more than 13 billion light years away of the Universe that was less than a million light years across.  How have we managed to “step back” to take such a picture?  Time and expansion of the Universe. Everywhere in the Universe this is a […]

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“Dark Backward And Abysm”

“DARK BACKWARD AND ABYSM”   We can see fourteen billion light years out. For those still here a million years from now, more light will have traveled to them, no doubt, the million light years that space will allow.   Distant descendants may not see much more, however, than what we can now observe. Despite […]

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