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Friday, 23 September 2005 00:00

The Future Behind Us

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Newton was not 'Newtonian'
He studied Alchemy and Magic,

Likewise Galileo and Kepler
Sold horoscopes for profit.

The future does not come
To meet us head on,

But blazes behind
Like the tail of a comet.


Peter Jukes 2005, inspired by James Gleick's book 'Isaac Newton'. PS: Ironically, the tails of comets don't "blaze behind them" in the usual sense - i.e. in the wake of their trajectory. Comet tails are particles blown away by the effects of solar radiation, and so depend on their angle to the sun.

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