Science in Quotes: God and the Universe’s Laws

12 May, 2012 at 18:50 | Posted in Science, science in quotes | Leave a comment
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“I’m not an atheist. I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws.”
—Albert Einstein, in “Relativity: The Special and General Theory”


Albert Einstein was a physicist best known for his theory of relativity. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his discovery of the photoelectric effect and other contributions to theoretical physics.

Einstein’s work in relativity pointed out limitations in Isaac Newton’s classical mechanics and contributed to the rise of quantum physics. It led to astronomical discoveries including black holes, neutron stars, and gravitational waves.

via Science in Quotes: God and the Universe’s Laws | Beyond Science | Science | Epoch Times

Words But No Language

12 May, 2012 at 09:52 | Posted in Culture, Spirituality, thoughts of the day | Leave a comment
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“From March 1979”

Weary of all who come with words, words but no language
I make my way to the snow-covered island.
The untamed has no words.
The unwritten pages spread out on every side!
I come upon the tracks of deer in the snow.
Language but no words.
- Tomas Tranströmer


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• A poem by the 2011 Nobel prize for literature winner. The poem is translated from Swedish by Robin Fulton from New Collected Poems, translated by Robin Fulton (Bloodaxe Books, 2011)

More:Tomas Tranströmer – My Nobel prize-winning hero – The literature prize means the world of poetry can finally raise a glass to salute this humble man – guardian.co.uk

Cult of Beauty Exhibit Highlights Victorian Era

12 May, 2012 at 07:43 | Posted in Culture, picture of the day | Leave a comment
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Middle-class art brings beauty to stark homes

By Sylvia McCleary

SAN FRANCISCO—The Cult of Beauty exhibit, currently at The Legion of Honor in San Francisco, presents works from the height of the British Aesthetic period 1860–1900. Calling the period a gentle time would be an understatement. The exhibit gives an understanding not only of the elite world but also of the needs and wants of the working-class home.

Other works of art, such as furniture, jewelry, wallpaper, and the first trinkets found in Victorian homes purely for decoration, are shown and give a feeling that all classes of this period wanted something of beauty brought into their homes.

But the paintings make the exhibit. From John Spencer Stanhope’s “Love and the Maiden” (1877) to James McNeil Whistler’s “Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander” (1872–1874), they show the depth of art from that period.

One of my favorite pieces at the exhibition was “Laus Veneris” (1873–1878), by Edward Burne-Jones. It shows a lady sitting back in her chair, with a gold crown on her lap, listening to other ladies discussing medieval scriptures.

The details of the painting with the single rose thrown carelessly on the ground and intricate tapestries in the background bring a sense of life and thoughtfulness to the picture.

Variety

Edward Reiner of San Francisco said, “I love the beauty of the paintings that to me show a simpler, calmer life whilst in reality this time period was an extremely hard one for most. I loved the drops of a piece of furniture or a tea set which in some ways threw me off of what the exhibit was about, but in reality I enjoyed the variety.”

The exhibit reflects the feeling of owning things and tells of the middle class beginning to want things to put on a dresser or fireplace. They don’t just want to show off the piece but also show that they are the same as the upper classes.

With over 180 examples of artworks on view, you get an idea of not only paintings but also fashionable trends in architecture, interior decorations, furniture, and much more.

San Francisco is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition, and once it leaves here, it will be on its way back to Europe.

Curator Lynn Federle Orr explained in her catalogue essay: “Like a fine Victorian novel, the story of the Aesthetic Movement is one centered around serious social debates—shifting class structures, the confrontation between science and religion, art’s place in society, the impact of new market forces and a unique emphasis on the middle-class home.”

Victorians loved Asian art and embodied it in their furniture, art, and decorations, as seen in this exhibit.

Wallpaper, which has recently made a comeback in homes, was very fashionable in homes during the British Aesthetic period. Morris & Co. marketed wallpapers, fabrics, and decorative items such as the Flora and Pomona (1883–1885) tapestries. They were designed and executed by the team of Edward Burne-Jones and John Henry Dearle.

The exhibit runs until June 17 at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco.

Sylvia McCleary, based in San Francisco, writes about events, entertainment, and travel. She has traveled to over 80 countries. See www.thegypsytraveller.com and thegypsytraveller.wordpress.com

via Cult of Beauty Exhibit Highlights Victorian Era | Literary & Visual Arts | Arts & Entertainment | Epoch Times

Link to: The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900 – February 18, 2012 – June 17, 2012

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