„I stand at the seashore, alone, and start to think.
There are the rushing waves
mountains of molecules
each stupidly minding its own business
trillions apart
yet forming white surf in unison.Ages on ages
before any eyes could see
year after year
thunderously pounding the shore as now.
For whom, for what?
On a dead planet
with no life to entertain.Never at rest
tortured by energy
wasted prodigiously by the sun
poured into space.
A mite makes the sea roar. Deep in the sea
all molecules repeat
the patterns of one another
till complex new ones are formed.
They make others like themselves
and a new dance starts.Growing in size and complexity
living things
masses of atoms
DNA, protein
dancing a pattern ever more intricate.Out of the cradle
onto dry land
here it is
standing:
atoms with consciousness;
matter with curiosity.Stands at the sea,
wonders at wondering: I
a universe of atoms
an atom in the universe.“

The Value of Science (1955)

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US-amerikanischer Physiker und Nobelpreisträger des Jahres … 1918 - 1988

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„A diatomic molecule is a molecule with one atom too many.“

—  Arthur Leonard Schawlow American physicist 1921 - 1999

as quoted in [Dave DeMille, Diatomic molecules, a window onto fundamental physics, Physics Today, 2015, December, 34, 68, 12, 10.1063/PT.3.3020]

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„Life is not found in atoms or molecules or genes as such, but in organization; not in symbiosis but in synthesis.“

—  Edwin Grant Conklin American biologist and zoologist 1863 - 1952

Edwin Grant Conklin, in: Evolution by Association : A History of Symbiosis: A History of Symbiosis http://books.google.co.in/books?id=wEo1QUkr7pUC&pg=PA129, Oxford University Press, 22 August 1994

„p>Fierce and gentle,
Loud and silent,
The river doesn't understand itself.
The wave doesn't find itself, until it reaches the sea.Oh the wave passes,
And the waves to come will be the same.
Hunger for love
Is strong in the heart.Standing before the waves,
I think of you and me.
I think of the great sea
And I wonder where the waves come from.The waves must come from the wind.
And I wonder where the wind comes from,
And I wonder
When will we love each other again?The waves deep in the sea
And the waves on the sea's surface
Long for the shore of the sea.
Day and night the waves cannot sleep
As I can not sleep, even in dreams,
Because of my longing for you.When I go to the North,
Or to the South,
When I go anywhere, I think of you,
My only direction.Out in the great sea
Thousands of waves are pushing,
Which one never reachs the shore
Even miles and miles from home?Life is so long;
Years and months go by.
Like the sea, life is endless.
Clouds fly to the distant horizon.How can I become
Like the hundreds of thousands of small waves
In the great sea of love
And lap forever against your shore?“

—  Xuân Quỳnh poet 1942 - 1988

"Sóng" (29-12-1967)
Original: (vi) <p>Dữ dội và dịu êm
ồn ào và lặng lẽ
Sóng không hiểu nổi mình
Sóng tìm ra tận bể</p><p>Ôi con sóng ngày xưa
Và ngày sau vẫn thế
Nỗi khát vọng tình yêu
Bồi hồi trong ngực trẻ</p><p>Trước muôn trùng sóng bể
Em nghĩ về anh, em
Em nghĩ về biển lớn
Từ nơi nào sóng lên?</p><p>- Sóng bắt đầu từ gió
Gió bắt đầu từ đâu?
Em cũng không biết nữa
Khi nào ta yêu nhau</p><p>Con sóng dưới lòng sâu
Con sóng trên mặt nước
Ôi con sóng nhớ bờ
Ngày đêm không ngủ được
Lòng em nhớ đến anh
Cả trong mơ còn thức</p><p>Dẫu xuôi về phương Bắc
Dẫu ngược về phương Nam
Nơi nào em cũng nghĩ
Hướng về anh - một phương</p><p>Ở ngoài kia đại dương
Trăm nghìn con sóng đó
Con nào chẳng tới bờ
Dù muôn vời cách trở</p><p>Cuộc đời đi dài thế
Năm tháng vãn đi qua
Như biển kia dẫu rộng
Mây vẫn bay về xa</p>Làm sao được tan ra
Thành trăm con sóng nhỏ
Giữa biển lớn tình yêu
Ðể ngàn năm còn vỗ.

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„We are the gods of the atoms that make up ourselves but we are also the atoms of the gods that make up the universe.“

—  Manly P. Hall Canadian writer and mystic 1901 - 1990

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„The entire world would be broken into atoms—each an individualist standing alone.“

—  Robert Hunter (author) American sociologist, author, golf course architect 1874 - 1942

Quelle: Why We Fail as Christians (1919), p. 74-75
Kontext: Associated production would be rendered impossible. Profit, rent, and interest would be no more. There would be no diversified division of labor. Cities and industrial communities would dwindle and disappear. Society as a whole would return... to the actual poverty of an agricultural and handicraft age. A community of Indians in America before the invasion of the whites had as much social organization as Tolstoy seems to have felt necessary for mankind. "The Anarchists are right in everything..." he writes, except "only in thinking that Anarchy can be instituted by a revolution." The entire world would be broken into atoms—each an individualist standing alone.

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„Miniaturization doesn't actually make sense unless you miniaturize the very atoms of which matter is composed. Otherwise a tiny brain in a man the size of an insect, composed of normal atoms, is composed of too few atoms for the miniaturized man to be any more intelligent than the ant. Also, miniaturizing atoms is impossible according to the rules of quantum mechanics.“

—  Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992

As quoted in Omni's Screen Flights/Screen Fantasies (1984) edited by Danny Peary, p. 5
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„If there's nothing in here but atoms, does that make us less or does that make matter more?“

—  Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996

The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God (2006)

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„For a moment the waves and particles dance in grotesque, inconceivably complex patterns capable of reflecting on their own absurdity.“

—  Martin Gardner recreational mathematician and philosopher 1914 - 2010

Introduction to The Annotated Alice (1960) // The Annotated Alice. The Definitive Edition (1999), by Lewis Carroll (Author, Christ Church College, Oxford), John Tenniel (Illustrated by), Martin Gardner (Editor, Introduction and notes by), page viii
Kontext: The last level of metaphor in the Alice books is this: that life, viewed rationally and without illusion, appears to be a nonsense tale told by an idiot mathematician. At the heart of things science finds only a mad, never-ending quadrille of Mock Turtle Waves and Gryphon Particles. For a moment the waves and particles dance in grotesque, inconceivably complex patterns capable of reflecting on their own absurdity.

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