Monday, February 8, 2010

Verbal coolness

Today I finished a rather thick and kind-of-deep-but-with-few-equations book called "From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time." Cool speculation at the end!

In the epilogue, in an endnote, the author, theoretical physicist Sean Carroll, said the title came to him easily because it worked on all kinds of levels ... including Deborah Kerr on the beach!

But he also mentioned that when his book was still in manuscript, nearly completed, another book was published with the same main title: "From Eternity to Here." Of course, the subtitle was a bit different: "Rediscovering the Ageless Purpose of God."

"I do hope," said Carroll in the endnote, "nobody orders the wrong book by accident."

Sometimes, you just have to sit back in awe, admiring a person's verbal coolness.

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