Genevieve Stevens 
Irish Journal of American Studies
Vol. 13/14 (2004/2005), pp. 205-225 

On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 2:05 PM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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


On 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.

On 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.


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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.
And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.

the modernist sublime’