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Arcadia

Arcadia

  

by Tom Stoppard

Arcadia Man and the Natural World Quotes

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Quote #10

Bernard: A great poet is always timely. A great philosopher is an urgent need. There's no rush for Isaac Newton. We were quite happy with Aristotle's cosmos. Personally, I preferred it. Fifty-five crystal spheres geared to God's crankshaft is my idea of a satisfying universe. I can't think of anything more trivial than the speed of light. Quarks, quasars – big bangs, black holes – who gives a shit? (2.5)

Bernard seems to think that it's A-OK for humans to create a model of nature that is beautiful if not factual. The idea of such a model being "satisfying" is intriguing – what need is being satisfied?

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