“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”
Stephen Hawking dismissed the religious notion of “heaven,” yet brought Robert Browning’s thought to unexpected life.
Hawking, the British cosmologist, theoretical physicist and thinker, died this week, aged 76. Guardian science editor Ian Sample wrote that he symbolised “the unbounded possibilities of the human mind.”
The world listened to America's inauguration speeches and wondered, silently, will the words about unity mean anything? Will American exceptionalism continue? And then Amanda Gorman blazed onto the stage.
Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada, smothered in forest fire smoke Good riddance, 2020. You leave us with grave loss, great divisions, a grievous awakening, and a whacking great reckoning. The future is murky. What next? Read more