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.
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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
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