One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bric-a-brac from "Bouvard and Pecuchet": Astronomy

   Pecuchet went on:
   "The swiftness of light is eighty thousand leagues a second; one ray of the Milky Way takes six centuries to reach us; so that a star at the moment we observe it may have disappeared. Several are intermittent;  others never come back; and they change positions. Every one of them is in motion; every one of them is passing on."
   "However, the sun is motionless."
   "It was believed to be so formerly. But to-day men of science declare that it rushes towards the constellation of Hercules!"


[From Groundbreaking Scientific Experiments, Inventions, and Discoveries of the 18th Century
by Jonathan Shectman]
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