The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

When Legends Gather #790


The 1927 Solvay Converence

Back row: Auguste Picard, Emile Henriot, Paul Ehrenfest, Edouard Hersen, Theophile De Donder, Erwin Schrodinger, Jules-Emile Verschaffelt, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, R.H. Fowler, Leon Brilloun
Middle row: Peter Debye, Martin Knudsen, William Lawrence Bragg, Hendrik Anthony Kramers, Paul Dirac, Arthur Compton, Louis de Broglie, Max Born, Niels Bohr
Front row: Irving Langmuir, Max Planck, Marie Curie, Hendrik Lorentz, Albert Einstein, Paul Langevin, Charles-Eugene Guye, Charles Thomas Rees Wilson, Owen Willans Richardson

6 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

First one to invent an atom bomb gets a free fruit cup.

Jckinnick said...

If they aint got a wiki page they aint legends.

chris y said...

One woman in twenty nine. I wonder how many more there'd be at a comparable meeting today.

VS said...

http://www.lorentz.leidenuniv.nl/history/Solvay/solvay.html

Five women? But without Nobel prize.

Jay K Wood said...

Heisenberg!

Joe Thompson said...

And when the waiter brought the luncheon check, who figured the tip and how to split the bill?