Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A sense of time

Raymond Depardon’s iconic photograph of a couple with their son on a scooter in Saigon, 1972, brings back a rush of imagery of those days. A sense of time, perhaps, has been missing in my life.

I used to suck in history. I was more interested in Fourier transform and Maxwell’s demon and pseudouridine in tRNA-gly.

The road to immortality seemed in those days to be paved with one scientific insight that survives the test of time. A delusion that comes of not knowing the history of time.

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