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  • Physics + Dirac = poetry

    06/02/2002 9:44:22 AM PDT · by vannrox · 3 replies · 2,579+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday February 21, 2002 | Graham Farmelo
    Physics + Dirac = poetryBeautiful equations are as concise as haikus and as compelling as verse, writes Graham Farmelo Graham Farmelo Thursday February 21, 2002The GuardianWho was the 20th century's greatest English-speaking poet? TS Eliot, WB Yeats, Sylvia Plath? Not for me; my nomination is the theoretician Paul Dirac, honorary poet laureate of modern physics. It is a status he richly deserves because of his amazing ability to write down fundamental equations - the poems of science. Whereas poetry uses highly-charged combinations of words, equations are the most succinct descriptions of the aspect of reality they describe. Dirac's most famous...