Saturday, June 18, 2016

James Jeans monostich

 … an objective world,  external to man,
            independent of man,
                          indifferent to man ……………….

[Source:  The Growth of Physical Science (1951)]

Historical note:
That quote recalls that of Pascal -- “Le silence eternel des ces espaces infinis m'effraie” -- except that the English astronomer, unlike the Frenchman -- the Jeansonist vice the Jansenist -- took it in stride, with a stiff upper lip.

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