Sunday, March 19, 2006


There was probably not a fan in 1932 who understood what Lovecraft wrote when he babbled about bubble-congeries. It was another allusion to quantum mechanics.

Paul Dirac theorized that a vacuum was actually filled with particles in negative energy states (Proc. R. Soc. London A, 126, 360, 1930) thus giving rise to the concept of the "physical vacuum" which is not empty at all. Lovecraft would have seen an excerpt probably in Scientific American. He was a lifelong devotee of science magazines, and his fiction is always a dissertation of blending nihilistic cosmology and horror.

Lovecraft would have never mastered the math, but he grasped the philosophical points for the most part.

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