Of fire and ice and Harlow Shapley

A really nice post on connecting science and art. Astronomy inspiring poetry.

Galileo's Pendulum

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.


Robert Frost’s 1920 poem “Fire and Ice” is one of his better-known works, and the only one of his poems I have memorized in full.[1] (OK, I don’t have many poems memorized in full that weren’t written by Shel Silverstein.) It’s the kind of poem scientists like to quote because it talks about the end of the world, in sufficiently vague terms that we can use it to illustrate the possible scenarios by which either Earth or the Universe will perish.

So, this recent piece by David Quigg grabbed my attention by connecting Robert Frost

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