Ripples in reality

crochet ripples

There was a nearly mystical sense of revelation last Thursday, when it was announced that gravitational waves, predicted by Einstein 100 years ago, had finally been observed. What seemed almost unbelievable, merely fictional, was now the objective reality of our universe. How to celebrate? I wrote a poem:

Gravity Waves

The world had never yielded to him
its inner life; he worked,
he walked about the city, he ate,
looking after himself but waiting.
Sometimes he forgot he was waiting
or what he was waiting for,
and the world became a stranger
rushing past on the street.
Then, out of the corner of his eye, he saw her
at the supermarket, and then at the gym.
They talked. And they talked,
and ate, and fell in love.
His heart’s machinery bloomed into vision,
and he could see the world’s secret workings.
On the day they said gravity waves
were now proved, he bought flowers
for his wife, and they celebrated the love
that ripples through the universe –
shaking the loom of our woven moments,
that might seem unreal, but exists.

Congratulations to all those physicists at LIGO and Virgo, and in praise of neo-Platonism.

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One thought on “Ripples in reality

  1. Lovely poetry Dhivan! Penrose thinks there is a relationship between quantum mechanics and consciousness – the Quantum Theory of Consciousness – so relating love and gravitational waves may well be not to far off the off the wall at all! Theoretical cosmology uses lots of mathematical equations which many (including myself) find very beautiful. The originator of the “beautiful mathematics” Paul Dirac (who incidently did some of his most original and creative mathematical work on his honeymoon) when challenged by journalists on how mathematical equations can be beautiful said that if you are a true mathematician you do not have to even ask that question and if you are not then no amount of persuasion is going to make you see it! It is a pity that the theory of relativity is not better taught in our schools. Although to understand the intricacies of the General Theory you have to first have a grounding in tensor calculus – which is really specialist physics undergraduate stuff – to grasp the mathematics of the Special Theory all you need is a bit of algebra, trigonometry and Pythagoras: pretty much akin to GCSE level!

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