Poetry and Quantum Mechanics


Reading the great German Romantic poet Hölderlin’s Hyperion, and theoretical physicist David Bohm’s Wholeness and The Implicate Order simultaneously. The similarities are astonishing.

“Among you I became so perfectly rational, learned so thoroughly to distinguish myself from what surrounds me that I am now isolated in the beautiful world…”  Hölderlin

“…science… is demanding a new, non-fragmentary world view… notions implying the undivided wholeness of the universe.” David Bohm

Will quantum mechanics rescue the suffering poet? Perhaps if more physicists, and the rest of us, develop an interest in the implications of their theories….