A poet I think it is once said, “The whole universe is in a glass of wine.” I don’t know, I don’t think we’ll ever know in what sense he said that… for the poets do not write to be understood. But it is true that if you look at a glass of wine closely enough you see the entire universe.
There are the things of physics: the twisting liquid, the reflections in the glass, and our imagination adds the atoms. It evaporates, depending on the wind and weather. The glass is a distillation of the earth’s rocks, and in its composition as we’ve seen, the secret of the universe’s age, and the evolution of the stars. What strange array of chemicals are in the wine? How did they come to be? There are the ferments, the enzymes, the substrates, and the products; and there in wine is found the great generalization: all life is fermentation. Nor can you discover the chemistry of wine without discovering, as did Pasteur, the cause of much disease. How vivid is the claret, pressing its existence into the consciousness that watches it!
If in our small minds, for some convenience, divide this glass of wine, this universe, into parts – physics, biology, geology, astronomy, psychology, and all – remember that nature does not know it! So let us put it all back together, not forgetting ultimately what it is for. Let us give one more final pleasure: drink it up and forget about it all!
— Richard Feynman
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One question has been praying on my mind, does it matter if it is red or white wine?
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