Thursday, February 15, 2007

Thursday February 15, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:25 AM

From “Music and Lyrics” (2007)

Yesterday, Valentine’s Day, Hollywood released a romantic comedy, “Music and Lyrics,” based on a fictional reality-TV show called “Battle of the 80’s Has-Beens.”

This, along with the Feb. 13 Log24 entry touching on both pop science and pop music, and the fact that today is the anniversary of the 1988 death of physicist Richard Feynman, suggests the following exercise:

Compare and contrast the lives and works of Feynman (May 11, 1918 – Feb. 15, 1988) and the late Carl Sagan (Nov. 9, 1934 – Dec. 20, 1996).

(Being dead, both are, in a sense, has-beens, and both were popular in the 1980’s.)

I personally regard Feynman as one of science’s saints, and Sagan as, shall we say, a non-saint.  For some related reflections on pop science and pop music, see the five Log24 entries ending on Michaelmas 2002.  And then there is popcorn–

A 1980’s Hollywood ending
that Feynman may have liked:

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 “… slow-motion romp
   through the popcorn…
Tears for Fears’
‘Everybody Wants to
Rule the World’ ramps up
on the soundtrack….”

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