Saturday, 23 August 2008

that's what turtles do!

I was reminded of this by a repeat of QI. Stephen Fry tells a slightly different version to the one quoted here, which comes from A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking.

The origin of the quote is unclear.

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy.

At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at 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 tortoise."

The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, "What is the tortoise standing on?"

"You're very clever, young man, very clever," said the old lady. "But it's turtles all the way down!"

As a Dicworld fan, it seems the obvious answer would've been that the turtle swims. That's what turtles do!

1 comment:

evilganome said...

I thought "The Turtle Moves" myself. But I have to say, I like the idea of "turtles all the way down".