Saturday, October 02, 2010

Turtles all the way down

Turtles All the Way Down
When I saw this turtle balanced on top of another at Tiedeman's Pond in Middleton, I was reminded of an old, old story.
A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: "What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise." The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is the tortoise standing on?" "You're very clever, young man, very clever", said the old lady. "But it's turtles all the way down!"
Who knows, maybe she's right.

1 comment:

Joaquin said...

Yeah, but what if you run out of turtles! ;-)