Songs with Similar Lyrics

I just saw Richard Curtis' About Time, which featured Ben Folds' song "The Luckiest" and the following lyrics: What if I had been born fifty years before you In a house on the street Where you lived Maybe I'd be outside as you passed on your bike. Would I know? This verse reminded me of similar lyrics …

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Ode to a Dreamer of Dreams

Dear Dr. Sacks, Like the late Carl Sagan, you have a gentle way of magnifying everything into brilliant resolution and reminding us of our place in the universe. I always look forward to reading your books and opinion pieces, as you put which things matter into perspective. Last month, I was quite delighted to read …

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Late Night Thoughts on Lewis Thomas

Lately, I've been enjoying the works of Lewis Thomas. In The Fragile Species, he shared ideas evocative of the late Carl Sagan: Never mind our embarrassed indignation when we were first told, last century, that we came from a family of apes and had chimps as near cousins. That was relatively easy to accommodate, having at …

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The Modern-Day Scheherazade

Last night, my parents and I had the privilege of seeing John Adams conduct the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a work of his own composition, Scheherazade.2 (tickets were half off in honor of Mother’s Day weekend). I was especially excited to hear Adams’ re-imagination of the Arabian Nights folktales since I had decided to compare …

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A Wrinkle in Time: Building a Black Hole for Interstellar

Adam Rogers recently wrote a beautiful piece for Wired discussing how astrophysicist Kip Thorne's equations helped to create a scientifically realistic black hole model. Rogers explains, "Thorne sees truth. Nolan, the consummate image maker, sees beauty." His words remind me of the closing lines of John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn": 'Beauty is truth, …

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Through the Looking Glass of Science

  "The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one's eyes." ―George Sand "To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." ―William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence" "If you're …

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My Favorite Celestial Display Videos

Two comets visible from the southern hemisphere are caught in this lovely timelapse by Alex Cherney: Timelapse of some fantastic Northern Lights sequences over Norway: Beautiful aurora shots set to the Theme from Gladiator: Filmed over the course of 7 days at Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide, renowned as one of the best places in the …

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