Only by the form, the pattern, / Can words or music reach / The stillness, as a Chinese jar still / Moves perpetually in its stillness. / Not the stillness of the violin, while the note lasts, / Not that only, but the co-existence, / Or say that the end precedes the beginning, / And the end and the beginning were always there / Before the beginning and after the end. / And all is always now.- T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets
CROn Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 1:39 PM Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Dear Richard,Why resist? I love your scientific information. Both scientists and humanities readers need to know more about each other. And your explanation of MacDiarmid's line about "The licht that hangs o'er a' thing" was illuminating.This list needs a lot more of this wonderful exchange. Please don't resist.NancyOn Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 12:31 PM Richard Seddon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:I tried to resist, I really did“At the still point” sounds very much like the famous and essential physics “principle of least action”. This principle underlies the law of conservation of energy. I don’t have a through (even rudimentary) grasp of the principle but it underlies much of modern physics.SorrySent from my iPad
On Feb 24, 2019, at 8:24 AM, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.