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01/26/2016

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Patricia

Yes, oddly enough. My son has been studying relativity and black holes and spacetime and how it bends. This week we pulled out some Dickinson poems for a different exercise, and I am surprised to see how she had been contemplating time in the same manner as Einstein, as something not fixed, like a timepiece, but something that is subject to relativistic effect and dilation. "Since then – ‘tis Centuries – and yet / Feels shorter than the Day".
She also appears to posit that we exist in an Einsteinian state of timelessness, a single existence: "Forever – is composed of Nows – / ‘Tis not a different time – / Except for Infiniteness –/ And Latitude of Home –"

"The separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one." -Einstein

Pretty cool.

Mary at Big Bang Poetry

Hi Patricia, Thanks for posting those quotes! I hadn't read these. How amazing what she was thinking about states of time this way and I wonder if Einstein was reading her poems as inspiration or for ideas.

Mart

Brief but brain wrecking, nice. Thanks for the post

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