Saturday, May 10, 2008

Περί thesis quotes

Οι διάφορες εκφράσεις που έγραφα την τελευταία εβδομάδα εδώ στο blog θα μπούνε στην αρχή κάθε κεφαλαίου από το διδακτορικό. Χαίρομαι που άρεσαν σε αρκετό κόσμο, τις μάζευα 5 χρόνια τώρα!

Το παρακάτω κείμενο είναι ο επίλογος στο thesis. Πρόκειται για τμήμα από μια διάλεξη του Richard Feynman στους προπτυχιακούς του Caltech το 1962, όπου ενώνει με τον καλύτερο τρόπο τα διάφορα πεδία της επιστήμης κάτω από μια κοινή σκεπή όπως μόνο αυτός μπορεί (υπάρχει και audio έκδοση στην χαρακτηριστική φωνή του εδώ).

A poet once said: the whole universe is in a glass of wine. We will probably never know in what sense he said that, for poets do not write to be understood. But it is true that if we look in glass of wine closely enough we see the entire universe. There are the things of physics: the twisting liquid which evaporates depending on the wind and weather, the reflections in the glass, and our imagination adds the atoms. The glass is a distillation of the earth's rocks, and in its composition we see the secrets of the universe's age, and the evolution of the stars. What strange arrays of chemicals are in the wine? How did they come to be? There are the ferments, the enzymes, the substrates, and the products. There in wine is found the great generalization: all life is fermentation. Nobody can discover the chemistry of wine without discovering the cause of much disease. How vivid is the claret, pressing its existence into the consciousness that watches it! And if in our small minds, for some convenience, divide this glass of wine, this universe, into parts - physics, biology, geology, astronomy, psychology, and so on - remember that nature does not know it! So let us put it all back together, not forgetting ultimately what it is for. Let us give one more final pleasure: drink it and forget it all!