Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject, so you know you are getting the best possible information.
Via Fubiz: “Rob Kesseler is a British photographer and teacher who is interested in microscopic detail exotic flora. At the boundary between art and science, representations uses microscopic photographs edited and colored to provide visual stunning beauty.”
Letters of Note has recently included the famous Charles Babbage reply to Tennyson’s poem, “The Vision of Sin.” If it is possible for a single passage to encapsulate a worldview, this is Babbage in a nutshell:
In your otherwise beautiful poem “The Vision of Sin” there is a verse which reads – “Every moment dies a man, Every moment one is born.” It must be manifest that if this were true, the population of the world would be at a standstill. In truth, the rate of birth is slightly in excess of that of death.
I would suggest that in the next edition of your poem you have it read – “Every moment dies a man, Every moment 1 1/16 is born.”
The actual figure is so long I cannot get it onto a line, but I believe the figure 1 1/16 will be sufficiently accurate for poetry.
I am, Sir, yours, etc.,