I tried to google up a connection between Eliot
and Lemaitre but nothing really except some
co-listings that show they were roughly contemporaries.

Apparently Lemaitre was responsible for the name CUBIST in painting.

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Subject: Re: TS Eliot: "Light / Light"

> Peter Montgomery wrote:
>> After forty-odd years of teaching, I find myself tending
>> to agree with Eliot. Still, I can't help wondering what
>> his response to the deduction of the big bang would have been.
> Well, Eliot had 30+ years in which to comment. And, to make things more
> interesting, a Catholic priest seems to be involved.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Lema%C3%AEtre :
> Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître (17 July 1894 – 20 June 1966) was a
> Belgian priest, astronomer and professor of physics at the Catholic
> University of Louvain. He was the first person to propose the theory of
> the
> expansion of the Universe, widely misattributed to Edwin Hubble[1][2]. He
> was also the first to derive what is now known as the Hubble's law and
> made
> the first estimation of what is now called the Hubble constant which he
> published in 1927, two years before Hubble's article.[3][4][5][6] Lemaître
> also proposed what became known as the Big Bang theory of the origin of
> the
> Universe, which he called his 'hypothesis of the primeval atom'.[7][8] As
> he
> was a secular priest, he was called Abbé, then, after being made a canon,
> Monseigneur.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Big_Bang_theory :
> In 1927, the Belgian Catholic priest Georges Lemaître proposed an
> expanding
> model for the universe to explain the observed red shifts of spiral
> nebulae,
> and forecast the Hubble law. He based his theory on the work of Einstein
> and
> De Sitter, and independently derived Friedmann's equations for an
> expanding
> universe. ...
> ...
> In 1931, Lemaître proposed in his "hypothèse de l'atome primitif"
> (hypothesis of the primeval atom) that the universe began with the
> "explosion" of the "primeval atom" — what was later called the Big Bang.