Monday, 29 November 2010

Monday's Quote - Ackerman

"I guess it shouldn't surprise us to find ourselves linked with the stars. Every atom of gold or silver jewelry was created in supernovas.  The water we drink, the air we breathe, the ground we walk, the complicated pouch of fluids and salts and minerals and bones we are -- all forged in some early chaos of our sun.  I think it was the astrophysicist John Wheeler who remarked that we are the sun's way of thinking about itself."

-Diane Ackerman
It was serendipitous to find this quote - I've just recently seen a play about astrophysicist Beatrice Tinsley who makes this connection very strongly in her life and work.  I've reviewed it for Remote Goat if you want to read it.
Diane Ackerman wrote the amazing A Natural History of the Senses - a book all artists should check out.

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