18 comments on “The Whole Universe in a Glass of Wine.

  1. This quotation comes, originally, from “The Feynman Lectures on Physics,” by Feynman, Leighton and Sands. It is the closing paragraph of chapter 3, “The Relation of Physics to Other Sciences.”

  2. now if the human mind arises from complex chemical reactions in a brain made of the same essential building blocks as wine, the question really is, how must we look to wine from inside a glass?

  3. Okay, you’re barred for making my head hurt 😉 Just kidding.

    Wine as a conscious substance! That really would be something… intoxication would simply become “possession” 😀 A little too shamanic for my tastes, but fun to play with!

  4. Poets don’t write to be understood? I guess I’ll hand in my poetic license, then.

    My favourite Feynman quote is this one:

    I don’t know when to stop talking. So instead of leaving it as an interesting remark, I am going to horrify and disgust you with the complexities of life by proving that it is so.

    from chapter 19 of volume 2 of The Feynman Lectures on Physics (the only volume I have, unfortunately, but I’ve been told that’s the best lecture, and I believe it.)

  5. No, but I’d like to. I already own more books than I have time to read (I blame the New Scientist subscription, but really, I just buy too many books) so I can’t justify buying more. I’ve only read some of his lectures on physics.

  6. Life at CERN is going on as normal… I’m trying to find a way to stay after my current contract ends. With any luck I’ll still be around when we have the first collisions, whenever they may be.

    As far as books about the lives of scientists go, I quite liked ‘The Man Who Loved Only Numbers’ about Paul Erdős. Don’t buy it; you already have too many books.

    • How long have you got left on your contract? It would be a shame for you to not be there when the black holes started eating up downtown Geneva 😉 And I mean that in the nicest possible way, of course LOL

      Paul Erdős… oh, God, you had to go and do it, didn’t you?

  7. The contract ends at the end of the year (conveniently, my last week of ‘work’ will be during the end-of-year holidays) though I have applied for a few other things here, I’m just waiting to hear back. I definitely want to be one of the first to be sucked into the black hole, otherwise, what’s the point?

    Disclaimer, in case anyone from CERN reads this, because we’re not supposed to say things like that: I’m joking. As I’ve explained in previous comments, there’s about as much chance of a black hole eating up downtown Geneva as there is of a giant cosmic goat eating up downtown Geneva.

  8. Good morning Mr Murning!

    In a search for the Feynman lecture, the actual audio which I have, I have never as yet found the written words or even from the Feynman books on the lectures to be the exact spoken words as in the audio recording. I wonder now how many have not actually heard this lecture in the real audio recordings done at CALTECH in 1961. It is so much more compelling to lesten to his real voice – There are however other lectures online now as Bill gates put up the Project Tuva site but it does not contain this one- If anyone knows if it is avaialble online, please let me know. markscosmiclight@gmail.com – Mark Seibold, retired Artist- Astronomy Educator – Portland Oregon > http://research.microsoft.com/apps/tools/tuva/index.html#data=3%7C%7C%7C

    • Hello there, Mark! Completely overlooking the morning Murning play on words 😉 I have to agree. Listening to Feynman is, indeed, far more compelling. He had a wonderful capacity to really bring ideas to life.

      Unfortunately, no, I haven’t ever found this one online. I will certainly let you know if I do, however — and hope that you’ll do the same.

      Thanks for the input.

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