Not especially spatial

A tachyon indicates an instability
Symmetries provide an extra rule
The Weakbrane is expected to be lighter
The scale used to measure energy must be rescaled
Not all dimensions are created equal
Additional particles can arise independently of strings
Several theoretical pioneers never completely converted
Different frequencies do not contribute democratically
The minimum energy of a quantum would be too large
The Higgs particle is overly large
Generally, we can ignore gravity
An eleven-dimensional theory with a rolled-up dimension acts like a ten-dimensional theory
Ordinary uncharged strings don’t pair with objects
Altering the Standard Model so dramatically poses formidable challenges
Their idea was elegant, and turned out to be of more general validity than anyone realized at the time


So much to do

The hierarchy problem tells us that before extrapolating physics to extremely high energies, we have at least one urgent low-energy problem to attend to.
The girl stopped and leaned on the metal rail, by a street artist selling tiny watercolors.
The essay, like the best of any art, is nourished over time by the transformative passage through it of all those exotic interlocutors bearing gifts and explosives.
This discovery dealt with the extra dimensions essential to the superstring.
Still reclining against the pillows, with the breakfast tray beside her, she was tearing apart one of the pieces of toast with her red polished nails.
These systems are all characterized by noncompressibility of information – to “describe” them , you must literally replicate them.
Corso didn’t give a damn about Alexander the Great’s literary tastes.
The strong force “charge” cancels among the quarks in hadrons, much as the charge of the positively charged proton and the negatively charged electron cancel in an atom.
The novel itself is a kind of garden that, as any gardener knows, is structure in dialogue with elements beyond one’s control.
In other words, although the engravings appeared identical, one of the three was always different, with the exception of engraving VIIII.
This looks very different from a photon bouncing off a big fluffy object, just as Rutherford’s alpha particle bouncing off a hard nucleus looked very different from one bouncing off more diffuse positive charge.
The girl embraced the novelist as he left the theater and told him bluntly that she had read all his books and was prepared to go to bed with him immediately.
With the right orientational vectors, the qualities of lightness and permeability place it in conversation with its immediate environment.
Then he fell silent and lifted a finger.
Unfortunately for supersymmetric theories, most of them cannot explain the absence of flavor-changing effects like these.
Now that things are so simple, there is so much to do.

The Ships Captain’s Medical Guide: Care for the Dying and the Dead

There is no stage in dying when nothing more can be done.
There always remains the task of protecting the patient from pain.
There should be people around to care for him.
Be sure to respect his dignity as a human being.
Never consider anyone to be dead until you and others agree.
Check breathing, pulse, eyes, and for blue in the skin.
Put your ear on the left side of the chest near the nipple and listen.
Ensure that the pupils do not respond to light.
Be aware that mistakes have been made, so check carefully.
Drugs or hypothermia are viable alternatives.
Investigate the circumstances surrounding the apparent death.
Do not be too hasty in arriving at a conclusion.
It is important to establish the reasons for the death.
Begin by choosing between disease and injury.
Look for any extant medical records for clues.
If circumstances are suspicious, evidence must be preserved.
It is usually possible to retain the body for a period of time.
Photographs are useful, especially those of apparent anomalies.
Strip the body of all clothing, without cutting, and preserve it.
Note vaccinations, tattoos, and external signs of disease.
To best preserve the body for examination and land-side burial, wash and dry it thoroughly.
Comb out and part the hair and give attention to fingernails.
Straighten the arms and legs and interlock the fingers over the thighs.
Empty the bladder by firm pressure over the lower abdomen.
Only in the most exceptional circumstances might you dispose of the body at sea.
If you must, sew it into a weighted shroud of very strong material.
It must ensure rapid sinking and permanent submersion.
Slits must be prepared in the shroud to allow gases to escape and prevent flotation.
Burial should not take place in soundings in any part of the world.
After preparation, place the body on an improvised platform on the ship’s side rail.
If seas are rough, ensure against accidental slippage: the body should slide cleanly into the sea.
Record the event in the official log with time and precise coordinates.

Content enough

I must hurry this to a conclusion, but there is one last issue we should consider.
I was content enough the last time I didn’t exist.
I wasn’t there but I saw everything.
Extraordinary efforts were being made, but I was not authorized to speak.
There is not as much to understand as we once thought.
The machine gun in the lobby does not feel a need to be admired.
The carpenters in Africa do not understand a right angle.
What is the right density of abandonment?
I may better know you if I only remember you.
It is history that separates me from you.
You are the reference, and I am astonished.
I can say nothing in proportion to your certainty.
All the authors concur:
These things must be looked at when we are alone.
What I see is not a memory.
Nothing can be added to it.

What it reveals

It animates me: this is what creates every adventure,
An erotic or lacerating value buried in myself.
Such evidence can be a sibling of madness.
It requires a secondary action of knowledge or of reflection.

These functions are: to inform, to represent, to surprise,
to cause to signify, to provoke desire.
All these surprises obey the principle of defiance.
No one is ever anything but a copy of a copy.

What I can name cannot really prick me.
The erotic is a pornographic that has been disturbed, fissured.
What it reveals is a certain persistence of the species.
At the end of this first death, my own death is inscribed.

Formally blameless results

Life consists of these little touches of solitude.
As is always the case, the rejection was mutual.
It was immediately clear that our efforts would not be sufficient.
We diligently totted up those so obviously suspicious but formally blameless results.

They beat us up a bit, warned us not to do anything ill-advised.
Our resistance at the time was passive and limited to rejection, isolation, and avoiding contamination.
She spoke in a veiled, distracted voice, as if she were definitely tired of living.
If I am not mistaken we were all writing poetry, except for Ettore, who said it was undignified for an engineer.

She forbade herself marriage in a refined and merciless manner, that is, by getting married.
Bortolasso performed with extreme negligence the job of gardener.
We must be more astute.
But there is trouble in store for anyone who surrenders to the temptation of mistaking an elegant hypothesis for a certainty.

Tests on a small scale gave promising results.
Quantitative analysis, so devoid of emotion, heavy as granite, came alive, true, useful.
She watched my neophyte’s enthusiasms without sharing them.
And yet this story does not end here.

Too carefully put away

He had become so comfortable with absurdity, he could live freely.
The problem from this time on became more definite.
Decoration and efflorescence had been banished as immoral.
They were not scientists and could not figure out whom or what to blame.

The row of open balconies gave the feeling of the coolness of a river bank.
Tourism combined with colonialism concocted a lethal stew.
His ability to startle, though, had not deserted him.
Such candor is occasionally flirtatious, as candor is nearly always so.

The photograph has edges; the world does not.
The establishment of fact without method was the true horror.

It didn’t any longer depend on romance.
All theory is most inventive when ascribed in retrospect.

“I’m afraid I will leave behind only things I’m ashamed of.”
It was a vague, casual, even cynical phenomenology.
“You took a bath, so it’s not the least bit salty.”
It was subsequently lost, like all things too carefully put away.