Quote of the Day
“Across the campus trees broke out in absurd petaled profusion. Life returned to life, sporting a spin, strangeness, and charm that Spiegel had never suspected.”
Richard Powers, Plowing the Dark
Richard Powers writes literary fiction. He tackles hard subjects and his writing is dense with allusions. He frequently writes about the intersection of art and science, which is definitely true of this book. A physicist would recognize the spin, strangeness, and charm int he quote are quantum numbers of elementary particles. I wonder how readers will pick that up. What does that sentence convey to non-physicists.