SETI bioastro: PhysLINK.com Quote: Week of May 1, 2000

From: Larry Klaes (lklaes@bbn.com)
Date: Tue May 02 2000 - 13:27:49 PDT


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Subject: PhysLINK.com Quote: Week of May 1, 2000
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             PhysLINK.com Quote of the Week (ISSN 1099-8683)
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        "I have a friend who's an artist and he's sometimes taken
        a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up
        a flower and say. "Look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree,
        I think. And he says - " you see, I as an artist can see
        how beautiful this is, but you as a scientist, oh, take
        this all apart and it becomes a dull thing." And I think
        that he's kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that
        he sees is available to other people and to me, too,
        I believe, although I might not be quite as refined
        aesthetically as he is, but I can appreciate the beauty
        of a flower. At the same time I see much more about the
        flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there,
        the complicated actions inside which also have a beauty.
        I mean it's not just beauty at this dimension of one
        centimeter, there is also beauty at a smaller dimension,
        the inner structure. Also the processes, the fact
        that the colors in the flower are evolved in order to
        attract insects to pollinate it is interesting - it means
        that insects can see the color. In adds a question:
        Does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower form?
        Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions
        which a science knowledge only adds to the excitement
        and mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds;
        I don't understand how it subtracts."

                                        - Richard P. Feynman
                                          (1918-1988)

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        Richard P. Feynman
        
        US physicist whose work laid the foundations of quantum
        electrodynamics. For his work on the theory of radiation
        he shared the Nobel Prize for Physics 1965 with Julian
        Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonga. He also contributed
        to many aspects of particle physics, including quark theory
        and the nature of the weak nuclear force. He is also
        considered one of the best physics teachers of modern times.

        To learn more about Richard P. Feynman, visit:

        http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/0/0,5716,34771+1+34161,00.html

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        Have a beautiful week!

        Yours,

        Anton Skorucak
        President and creator of PhysLINK.com
        http://www.PhysLINK.com

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