Just finished reading de Sautoy’s Music of the Primes (a fascinating,engrossing, historical account of the Riemann Hypothesis and the mathematicians and physicists involved in the pursuit of finding its solution.) Came across Freeman Dyson’s definition of two types of scientists which inspired the following poem. Aristophanes had also written two plays about frogs and birds.
THE FROGS AND THE BIRDS
(Freeman Dyson’s Two Types of Scientists)
Splashing carefree in their cozy, ever-so familiar pond,
Spending days content in lowly, soothing mud –
Nary a thought to what may lie beyond the veil:
Soaring high – far above tree tops and checkered fields,
Spying vast vistas, far horizons and lay of lands –
Nary a thought to what may lie beneath their shadows.
(“The Frogs and the Birds”. © All rights reserved.)