|Run "Turtles all the way down" and
compare that to the theory that there
was enough info in the Big Bang to
make me writing this article totally
Compare the motivations and the
desire to have a simple shorthand or
picture to judge fellow man (chief
|Turtles All the Way Down
Stephen Hawking in A Brief History Of
Time starts with the anecdote.
A well-known scientist (some say it was
Bertrand Russell) once gave a
public lecture on astronomy. He
described how the earth orbits around
sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits
around the centre of a vast collection
of stars called our galaxy.
At the end of the lecture, a little old
the back of the room got up and said:
"What you have told us is rubbish.
The world is really a flat plate
supported on the back of a giant
The scientist gave a superior smile
before replying, "What is
the tortoise standing on?"
"You're very clever, young man, very
said the old lady. "But it's turtles all the