Thursday, September 24, 2009

Westminster Street looking east

So, you're young Howard and walking through the bustle of Providence in ealry 1900 - say 1904. A teenager, wide-eyed, but beginning to imagine the greater cosmicism of the universe. Already he's thought, "Hmm, Providence is a wonderful and great place, but it's so small compared to the vastness between the planets in our solar system. So small compared to the great distances between the stars I see in the telescope at Brown University when Dr. Upton lets me look through it. We're so small as a species, but still, isn't Providence terrific?"

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