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There was a blithe certainty that came from first comprehending the full Einstein field equations …

There was a blithe certainty that came from first comprehending the full Einstein field equations, arabesques of Greek letters clinging tenuously to the page, a gossamer web.  They seemed insubstantial when you first saw them, a string of squiggles.  Yet to follow the delicate tensors as they contracted, as the superscripts paired with subscripts, collapsing mathematically into concrete classical entities — potential; mass; forces vectoring in a curved geometry — that was a sublime experience.  The iron fist of the real, inside the velvet glove of airy mathematics.

— Gregory Benford (US science fiction author and astrophysicist, 1941 – )

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