Thursday, August 2, 2012

Retrodictions, canto 2, quatrain 9

Fair Nature’s fresh and blooming bower
is elder far than it appears.
It took to breed a single flower
a thousand thousand thousand years.

Commentary by Brother Quark:
This understates the age of the Earth; a mere three thousand years, when we know that it is twice as old as that.

Commentary by N. Hellerstein:
This is about evolutionary deep time. It understates the age of  the Earth; a mere billion years, when we know that it is 4.5 times as old as that.

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