Archive for October 30, 2012

A Sense of Proportion – Postscript

Posted in The Universe and Stuff with tags , , on October 30, 2012 by telescoper

It took all day to do so, evidently because I’m old and slow, but this morning’s post eventually got round to reminding me of this cartoon, the context of which is described here. Was that really in 1992? That was twenty years ago!

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The Total Perspective Vortex

Posted in The Universe and Stuff with tags , , on October 30, 2012 by telescoper

Vortices are swirling around in my mind these days. Not only because of Hurricane Sandy, but also because I’ve got to prepare a couple of lectures about vorticity in fluid mechanics to give next week. Anyway, all that reminded me of this classic sequence from the original radio series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by the late great Douglas Adams. I particularly agree with the conclusion “that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion”.