All entries for Friday 07 October 2005
October 07, 2005
The quote is from Niels Bohr, a Nobel Prize winning Physicist and one of the geniuses of the 20th century. His research fundamentally changed the face of science and the world of today.
How did he accomplish this?
Long has the idea of difference lodged in the depths of my mind. The difference between Bohr and Hitler, Ted Bundy and Florence Nightingale. How is that all of us who were born as fundamentally human reach levels such vast distances apart in our lives. Scientists may aspire to the power of discovery, politicians to the power of control and the leaders of business to the clink clink clink of silver and gold.
Yet none of this explains the influence of our lives to history. In our times the rich are celebrated but the names of great thinkers endure and the actions of our leaders are transcribed for later judgement.
Who has more power?
Is obscurity the worst fate? Or the ultimate blessing?