January 18, 2012
"To the natural philosopher there is no natural object unimportant or trifling… A mind that has once imbibed a taste for scientific enquiry has within itself and inexhaustible source of pure and exciting contemplations. One would think that Shakespeare had such a mind in view when he described a contemplative man finding “Tongues in trees — books in the running brooks/Sermons in stones — and good in everything” Where the uninformed and unenquiring eye perceives neither novelty nor beauty, he walks in the midst of wonders."

John Herschel 

(from Richard Holmes’s Age of Wonder)

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