• 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. queerfandom reblogged this from queertrees
  2. queertrees reblogged this from mayormadeleinerobin
  3. lotterynote reblogged this from eeriehowls
  4. destielisinthetarids reblogged this from jddorians
  5. shegufta reblogged this from fergussonweblogxz
  6. almostcaroline reblogged this from imlosingsleepimlosingfriends
  7. o0omelia reblogged this from eatsleepmeowrepeat
  8. godtierequidan reblogged this from atheismfuckyeah
  9. ten-fathoms-down reblogged this from imlosingsleepimlosingfriends
  10. fools-and-luxury reblogged this from imlosingsleepimlosingfriends
  11. imlosingsleepimlosingfriends reblogged this from temptingtimeonimpulse
  12. temptingtimeonimpulse reblogged this from temptingtimeonimpulse
  13. trickotillomaniac reblogged this from heartfartz
  14. heartfartz reblogged this from no-pants-dan
  15. no-pants-dan reblogged this from kaylensley
  16. kaylensley reblogged this from 4llegro
  17. judobondy reblogged this from iris-of-rainbows
  18. sarabiforpresident reblogged this from clintonistaa
  19. 4llegro reblogged this from fergussonweblogxz
  20. solarsailordan reblogged this from clintonistaa
  21. clintonistaa reblogged this from whichwasnotbeloved
  22. sorry-im-just-lost-in-my-mind reblogged this from fergussonweblogxz
  23. lahrin reblogged this from horriblehaleyy
  24. thecreaturewalks reblogged this from fergussonweblogxz
  25. barbiebatgirl reblogged this from betheothergirl
  26. horriblehaleyy reblogged this from fergussonweblogxz
  27. dirtyoldsixofclubs reblogged this from fergussonweblogxz
  28. betheothergirl reblogged this from smileforallthestrangers

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