The Birds and …

Tegmark’s recent arxiv paper on the mathematical universe contains some interesting insights, but I was most struck by the discussion beginning on page 3 of a comparison between the bird perspective and the frog perspective. This immediately brings to mind the figure of Aristophanes, the ancient dramatist, well known for his comedies. These plays often contained political parody. Two well known plays by Aristophanes are The Frogs (405 BC) and The Birds (414 BC). The former begins with a line from the character Xanthias, accompanying his master Dionysus to Hades:

Say, master mine, would you that I should crack one of those standing jokes upon the stage, which always make the tickled audience laugh.

Surprisingly, I have not seen this coincidence remarked upon in the physics blogosphere.

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    L. Riofrio said,

    It took your insight to see this coincidence. Mention of laughs reminds one of bewilderment that the “concorde” cosmology receives from the public, if they care at all. It certainly hasn’t led to respect for physics.

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    CarlBrannen said,

    I enjoyed reading some of these plays, especially the lines that seem so memorable.

    On the topic of things that we randomly blunder into on the web, you might enjoy this wikipedia entry on physics graduate education.

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    Anonymous said,

    …Hephaestus..


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