The poetry course that I’m taking started with a discussion of sand and stars. More precisely, with the statement that there are ten times as many stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth. (If you’re interested, here’s the maths that backs up the estimate.) I don’t think we mentioned, though, that there are more atoms in a single grain of sand than there are stars in the universe.
Either way, macrocosmos or microcosmos, a number that big is hard to comprehend, and the human brain tends to look for simplifications and ideas closer to home.
I’ve just been out in the garden and, unlikely as it seems, I suppose I’ll just have to assume there are more stars in the universe than there are blossoms on the plum tree.
4 thoughts on “stars and stats”
Perhaps each leaf is a star’s shine, and each stamen a planet – with each fleck of pollen being moons, meteorites or asteroids.
One would only have to be wary of the time called “The Coming of The Black and Yellow Fury”
THanks for commenting. For some reason, your comment makes me thing of “Praise in Summer” by Richard Wilbur: http://home.roadrunner.com/~jhartzog/metaphorandmetonymy.html
Hi Gwyneth Nice thoughts on stars etc. We were talking about quality of images recently and I think you mentioned a minimum of 300 x 300 Did you mean pixels? When people ask me to send them a high resolution image, they usually say 300 dpi and the measurement is at least 1 Mb which is usually ok. Now confused!!! Regards Sylvia http://www.sylviakent.blogspot.com
Hi Sylvia, thanks for dropping by. (I’ve replied about the images by email.)