Thursday 30 May 2024

The Heat of Things

It must be admitted that although he prided himself on his scientific outlook and set great store by precision instruments like microscopes and chemical balances, he couldn’t help attributing magical properties to the telescope. It had to do with its being German, with fabled German craftsmen, gnomic slow-handed old men in the Harz Mountains. These lenses did not transmit light merely. They penetrated to the heart of things.
Walker Percy, The Last Gentleman (New York: Open Road, 2011; 1966), p. 26.