Navighiamo in un mare incerto di colori e abbiamo a nostra disposizione buone mappe per orientarci. Ma fra le nostre mappe mentali e la realtà c’è la stessa distanza che fra le carte dei naviganti e la furia delle onde sulle rocce bianche delle scogliere dove volano i gabbiani.
Il fragile velo che è la nostra organizzazione mentale è poco più di uno strumento maldestro per navigare attraverso i misteri infiniti di questo caleidoscopio magico inondato di luce in cui stupiti ci troviamo ad esistere, e che chiamiamo il nostro mondo.
We navigate in an uncertain sea of colours and have at our disposal good maps with which to orientate ourselves. But between our mental maps and reality there is the same distance as between the charts of sailors and the fury of the waves crashing against the cliffs, where the gulls hover and cry.
That fragile web, our mental organization, is little more than a clumsy tool for navigating through the infinite mysteries of this magical light-flooded kaleidoscope in which we are amazed to exist and that we call our world.
Helgoland, Carlo Rovelli
Image credits: Jupiter Blues – Enhanced Image by Gerald Eichstädt and Sean Doran (CC BY-NC-SA) based on images provided Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS
Juvenal’s Tenth Satire 3-4 Image: NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Resembling the hair in Botticelli’s famous portrait of the birth of Venus, an image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured softly glowing filaments streaming from hot young stars in a nearby nebula. These wispy clouds of glowing gas make up a nebula known as N44C. It is part of the larger N44 complex, which includes young, hot, massive stars, other nebulas, and a “superbubble” blown out by multiple supernova explosions.
Too anxious to wait for the official processed image, employees from the Voyager Telecommunications Section at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, attached digital image data into numbers printed on strips of paper side by side to a display panel and hand coloured their numbers, like a paint-by-numbers picture. The completed image was framed and presented to JPL director, providing the first close-range image of Mars.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Dan Goods Space probe Mariner 4, July 15th 1965.
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.