Taking a quick gander at my archives, I am surprised to see no mention of my bible, the book ‘Cosmos’ by Carl Sagan (1934-96). It is self-described as “The story of cosmic evolution, science and civilisation”. I’ve never managed to keep hold of this book; every time I’ve lent it to a friend it doesn’t come back. I believe this stands testimony to the awe-inspiring penmanship of Carl (who was behind the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and the film ‘Contact’). He makes everything so simple and yet exciting. I’m re-reading ‘Cosmos’ now, which I’ve borrowed from Central Library. It contains a quote from Christiaan Huygens (1629-95) about astronomical bodies in Huygens’ ‘New conjectures concerning the planetary worlds, their inhabitants and productions’. Here it is-
How vast those Orbs must be, and how inconsiderable this Earth, the Theatre upon which all our mighty Designs, all our Navigations, and all our Wars are transacted, is when compared to them.Â A very fit consideration, and matter of reflection, for those Kings and Princes who sacrifice the Lives of so manyÂ People, only to flatter their Ambition in being Masters of some pitiful corner of this small Spot.Â
And at this moment, on this inconsiderable Earth, Man Utd came from a goal behind to beat Wigan 3-1.