Ходжа Н. (hojja_nusreddin) wrote,
Ходжа Н.

Richard Feynman - about wine

“A poet once said: 'The whole universe is in a glass of wine'

- We will probably never know in what sense he meant it,
- for poets do not write to be understood.
- But it is true that, if we look at a glass of wine closely enough, we see the entire universe
- How vivid is the claret, pressing its existence into the consciousness that watches it!

There are the things of physics
- the twisting liquid, which evaporates depending on the wind and weather,
- the reflection in the glass; and our imagination adds atoms,
- the glass is a distillation of the earth's rocks, and
- in its composition we see the secrets of the universe's age and the evolution of stars.

What strange array of chemicals are in the wine?

- How did they come to be? There are:
--- the ferments,
--- the enzymes,
--- the substrates, and
--- the products
- Nobody can discover the chemistry of wine
--- without discovering, as did Louis Pasteur, the cause of much disease.

There in wine is found the great philosophical generalization
- all life is fermentation.

If our small minds, for some convenience, divide this glass of wine, this universe, into parts
- physics,
- biology,
- geology,
- astronomy,
- psychology,
- and so on
-- remember that nature does not know it!

So let us put it all back together

- not forgetting ultimately what it is for.
- Let it give us one more final pleasure
- drink it and forget it all!


Richard Feynman’s Letter to His Departed Wife: “You, Dead, Are So Much Better Than Anyone Else Alive” (1946)
: http://www.openculture.com/2013/08/richard-feynmans-letter-to-departed-wife.html
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