St. Valentine

Thank you, St. Valentine,

“The beautiful thing about dark energy is that it is a purely observationally driven theory—we know it’s there due to its gravitational effects, but we have no idea what it is,”

Vivian I. Sabla
PhD Student in Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth

PS. “Somewhat like love.” _ France Menk

The first of January

This year to come we call, “new,”
which encircles the reality you embrace,
is invisible, without dimension, without scent.
And yet, you play with it.

You set the rules of the game.
You design the winner’s prize.
And you always take it home.


The culture of the USA is anathema to the intuitive creativity required for discoveries in the quantum world: the same working intuition of the artist.

After Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition to the South Pole, his youngest crew member, Apsley Cherry-Garrard wrote, in his book, The Worst Journey in the World, “For we are a nation of shopkeepers,
and no shopkeeper will look at research which does not promise him a financial return within a year…
If you march your Winter Journey, you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin’s egg.”

(Refer to the book to understand the reference to a penguin’s egg.)

By not looking toward the long term potential of what, at the moment, seems improbable, we create
a culture of the mundane.

Genius cannot fully flourish within short term constraints.

Scientific intuition is a river. If it is dammed by financial constraints, if it cannot be free to pursue its
vision – its explanation of that improbable – of the both/and – not the either/or – we are doomed to a life of sellers and buyers, without dreamers and doers.

Art is a language of science. Once we have a language, we can transmit our thought. 

Art makes reality visible. Sub-atomic particles are known by their effect. Art is their result. (re-think that)