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Pier Giorgio Di Cicco (1949-)

The Science Masquerade

              1Quantum foam is amniotic.
              2It is an elegant theory. Elegance involving a
              3return to the garden. Worm-holes in space is
              4a deathly choice of words. Womb-holes might have been
              5a choicer scientific usage.
              6But that would have been too transparent, even though
              7the essence of quantum foam is navigation between
              8heaven and earth. Black holes, white holes, the haloes of
              9astral bodies, virtual particles, ecclesiastical
            10touches on the mechanistic level.

            11Mathematics is duel-istic finesse.
            12Zero is a truce, with evocations of
            13the divine. Welcome to the world. A sphere with
            14triangles in it.
            15There isn't a hope in hell, known as
            16object differentiation.


1] Quantum foam: phrase coined by John Archibald Wheeler, describing the popping of fundamental particles in and out of existence in a vacuum, a phenomenon associated with the idea of multiple dimensions.

3] Worm-holes: (speculative) tunnels linking widely separated regions of the universe.

8] Black holes: regions of matter so dense that no light can escape their gravity. white holes: "a celestial object which expands outwards from a space-time singularity emitting energy, in the manner of a time-reversed black hole" (OED, "white," a., 11e).

9] virtual particles: the particles in quantum foam.

16] object differentiation: a psychoanalytic term, the self-conscious perception of oneself as an identity separate from other things and beings.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Copyright Pier Giorgio Di Cicco 1986
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Virgin Science: Hunting Holistic Paradigms (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1986): 45.
First publication date: 1986
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/10

Rhyme: unrhyming

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