Stardust: Our Cosmic Origins
Shelley and other Heroes
On a poet’s lips I slept
Dreaming like a love-adept
In the sound his breathing kept;
Nor seeks nor finds he mortal blisses,
But feeds on the aereal kisses
Of shapes that haunt thought’s wildernesses.
Percy Bysshe Shelley - (Prometheus Unbound)
Too many heroes to name but a few and I make no differentiation between science and the arts because both, at their best, are truly inspirational. Some ideas just soar and soar - in Shelley's words they are the "shapes that haunt thought’s wildernesses."
|D Attenborough, J S Bach, Beethoven, Constable, Darwin, R Dawkins, D Dennett, Einstein, R P Feynman, S J Gould, Hume, Monet, Mozart, B Russell, Shakespeare, Shelley, Shubert, Turner, Van Gogh...|
The list is not long enough, I could go on and on, but anything by these guys is worth giving time to.
The book Stardust is a synthesis of many ideas brought together into a coherent world view, free from mysticism and superstition, and inspired by science and the arts.
A last word I will leave to my favourite poet Shelley... The Necessity Of Atheism. It was for this document (which he slipped under the doors of most of the professors and priests at the university) that he got sent down from Oxford on 25th March 1811. Today Oxford has Richard Dawkins and is rightly proud of him!