The Blue Book

The No-Boundary Condition

“A well-constructed model creates a reality of its own” - Stephen Hawking

The way we arrange internal space
selects everything from weight and mass,
to the wavelength of visible light,
to the explosions of stars
and the decay of all order
bar that caught up in life, this thing
from which we draw the numbers,
we many-masked presenters
before a make-believe audience
laughing at the wrong cues,
all caught up in a curved string,
curled so tightly that seven of its sides
slide away from view
into a non-existent æther,
left floating through the mind
whether you look at it or not.

So we sum over infinite histories
and imagine, in different planes,
the asymptotic freedom of quarks,
utterly astonished that particles
which are no more and no less
than simple patterns of vibration
could have led us here, now,
this always-present time.

Itself just another way
of expressing space,
as if to speak of it
were to make one dream,
one dance, one darting probe into
the eternities of emptiness
all around.


A Brief History of Time

And everything else, too.

Language offers

Another way to say thanks.