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That time is about a hundred trillion-trillion-trillionths of a second after the big bang. According to some variants of the theory, there would not be a single big bang, but a countless number of them scattered randomly throughout space and time. Each quantum event would nucleate a universe with a big bang, ‘like bubbles in an uncorked bottle of champagne,’ to use the words of physicist Leonard Susskind. The space between the bubbles would expand so rapidly that, even though the bubbles themselves expand, they would rarely intersect.
Our own universe would be just one of those bubbles.
The entire collection is known as the multiverse.
Bill Bryson, “Seeing Further: the story of science & the Royal Society”
The fact that Lincoln had always found it difficult to accept any sort of natural equality between the races stemmed, Hay thought, from his own experience as a man born with no advantage of any kind, who had then gone to the top of the world. Lincoln had no great sympathy for those who felt external circumstances had held them back.
Gore Vidal, “Lincoln: A Novel”
“If I only had a brain.” - The White Lil Kim
George Carlin summed up the true stakes with a foul-mouthed pith: ‘There is nothing wrong with the planet– the planet is fine. The people are fucked.’
Bill Bryson, “Seeing further: the story of science & the Royal Society”
Seeing further: the story of science & the Royal Society (Bill Bryson)
Before most people had ever tasted a potato, the Royal Society debated the practicality of making it a staple crop in Ireland (ironically, as a hedge against famine). Two years after its formation, Christopher Merret, one of the founding Fellows, demonstrated a method for fermenting wine twice over, endowing it with a pleasing effervescence He had, in short, invented champagne.
Hitler’s personal physician at this time was Dr. F. Sauerbruch, who stated “that Hitler is either a genius or is insane; possibly he is the craziest criminal the world has ever seen.”
Needless to say, the doctor was sent away, not to be heard from again.
Craig Ledbetter, “Saved by the Enemy”
In, interior, intimus.
Closeness can lead to emotions other than love. It’s the ones who have been too intimate with you, lived in too close quarters, seen too much of your pain or envy or, perhaps more than anything, your shame, who, at the crucial moment, can be too easy to cut out, to exile, to expel, to kill off.
Daniel Mendelsohn, “The Lost”