The slowness of starlight

3 thoughts on “The slowness of starlight”

  1. The latest book I’ve read discussed in the foreword, among other topics, that Eminescu’s poem is not an original idea, but a mere translation of Siehst du den Stern from Gottfried Keller (you have here the text, on page 20 http://www.bcu-iasi.ro/pag/nr102008.pdf)and also inspired from other poems of the age (e.g. Gheorghios Drossinis – Maybe). It would be interesting to find out what sources Jennings had.
    However, the most important things should be their beauty and the fact that science was and still is represented in literature.

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  2. I like the idea of a photon travelling for billions of years since moments after the big-bang, past innumerable stars and other planets, before it’s final fate, which is to be absorbed by a bit of concrete, raising the temperature of a pavement no-one’s looking at by a nano-Kelvin.

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