Cosmos

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. A very fit consideration, and matter of reflection, for those Kings and Princes who sacrifice the Lives of so many People, only to flatter their Ambition in being Masters of some pitiful corner of this small Spot. 

And at this moment, on this inconsiderable Earth, Man Utd came from a goal behind to beat Wigan 3-1.

Advertisements
Leave a comment

1 Comment

  1. Ioannis

     /  15 October, 2006

    And hence from intellect we turned to football.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: