Thursday, June 15, 2006

Science, Poetry and the Sun

BLDGBLOG reviews The Music of the Spheres, an out-of-print book about astronomy. Some of the quotes are pure poetry. Enjoy!
"As the sun unceasingly explodes in arching structures of storm and prominence, 'glowing veils of gaseous calcium' escape. In others words, the same mineral responsible for animal bones bursts outward from the sun in astrophysical shells that 'look like gnarled trees with blazing rain pouring downward from their branches in beautiful magnetic curves that have been clocked at speeds up to 400 miles a second.'

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