Though we are now very far apart,
I feel connected to you again like
Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance” but
I have no scientific explanation for it –
no fear of the darkness of ghosts.
Photo: Spook House – Keansburg, NJ, 1969
[For more about the science of entanglement and why Einstein viewed it as “spooky,” see my post at Weekends in Paradelle.]
1633: Galileo Galilei was put on trial
for saying that the Earth revolves around
the Sun. We are not the center.
They knew better than God who seems
to have been the one who planned it.
[ Back in April 1633, Galileo agreed to plead guilty and was sentenced to an unlimited period of house arrest in his home in Florence for this offense. He gradually went blind and stopped looking to the heavens. It took until 1992 for the Catholic Church to formally admit that Galileo’s views on the solar system are correct. ]
The How and Why books of childhood
took me into space and into Earth,
back in time, to lost cities, dinosaurs.
I dug in, flew high, and wondered –
and no question, thankfully, ever fully answered.
More about the How & Why Wonder books series
Science says the more precisely we determine
a particle’s momentum, the less we know
about its actual position. That sounds wrong,
but relax. Uncertainty is actually okay, folks.
I am pretty sure about this one.
Although Einstein, who was uncertain about Heisenberg and uncertainty and the whole quantum thing, said, “I like to believe that the moon is still there even if we don’t look at it.”
Mid-1800s Czechoslovakia: My ancestors are still considering
birthing my grandparents; Friar Johann Gregor Mendel
experiments on his 28,000 edible pea plants.
Each develops their own theory of inheritance.
People, plants and the recombination of genes.