• You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.

    And at one point you’d hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.

    And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives.

    And you’ll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they’ll be comforted to know your energy’s still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you’re just less orderly. Amen.


    -

    Aaron Freeman “You Want A Physicist To Speak at your Funeral”

    (source: npr)

    I can’t stop crying.

    (via everythinginthrees)

    Not a bit of you is gone— you’re just less orderly.

    (via qglas)

    (Source: lonelyheartsdeathmetal)

    Mar
    10
    2012
  1. iwillgoifyouaskmeto reblogged this from imlosingsleepimlosingfriends
  2. holygrailbatman reblogged this from whethersweater
  3. omgwtfkk reblogged this from livetthh
  4. merrythehobbit reblogged this from starlordqulll
  5. livetthh reblogged this from arabeliso
  6. g0blin-pr0blems reblogged this from teen-angst-is-overrated
  7. mid-winter-blues reblogged this from a-mess-of-fandoms
  8. gnosticgalaxy reblogged this from atomkind
  9. luna-dear reblogged this from a-mess-of-fandoms
  10. claerwynnennau reblogged this from tacettestimonial
  11. tacettestimonial reblogged this from actualrobotboy
  12. actualrobotboy reblogged this from atomkind
  13. clemamelia reblogged this from a-mess-of-fandoms
  14. diligentpsychopomp reblogged this from lvminxsce
  15. lvminxsce reblogged this from fishingforgoods
  16. nuclearphysipsych reblogged this from themostexcellenthost
  17. themostexcellenthost reblogged this from atomkind
  18. atomkind reblogged this from fishingforgoods
  19. fishingforgoods reblogged this from lalonde-ladies
  20. bucolicsonder reblogged this from lalonde-ladies
  21. madnessinmismatchedunderwear reblogged this from a-mess-of-fandoms
  22. superhellhoundstuff reblogged this from a-mess-of-fandoms
  23. whethersweater reblogged this from a-mess-of-fandoms
  24. youthoughtwewouldntnotice reblogged this from a-mess-of-fandoms

Powered by Tumblr | Crystalline designed by Sonny T.

Just a line in your book.

Hi, I'm Rachel. I'm 19 and Scottish, and the entire purpose of my life is to make terrible maths-related puns. You're now hunting for the pun in this paragraph. I know that cos I'm an evil maths genius. Who is actually really bad at thinking up puns.
SOCIAL NETWORKS EXTRAS