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Peter the Flautist

Let me add to Cornflower's enthusiasm for this book, it is very well worth reading and its unusual style adds to its power, when in lesser hands it might just seem an irritating trick.

To see a nice example of a small object perturbing one of the rings of Saturn look at this Cassini mission photograph: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/image-details.cfm?imageID=2569

Dark Puss

Avice

Thank you for your lovely evocation of a compelling book and a compelling writer.

adele geras

I loved this book too. I've never forgotten that Funeral Cortege and the bit you pick out with all the materials is marvellous. I recall that bit as well. He's an amazing writer and his invisibility is part of the magic.

Lindsay

Dark Puss's picture was very smart, but didn't mean a lot to me - I had rather hoped for the ring to be tied in knots!

A verbally related concern is with the misguided plan to cull badgers to control cattle TB: in fact, culling allows other badgers to move in, spreading any infection more widely, an effect known as population perturbation.

And what have the rings of Saturn got to do with the book, anyway, Cornflower or Dark Puss? The link to silk production or Norfolk is not obvious to this dimwit!

dovegreyreader

I now see Sebald as the perfect writer to just lose myself in. The mood he creates is quite amazing and the way he links all those disparate elements, often with just a single thought, mmm, more Sebald now Cornflower?

Peter the flautist

Why the Rings of Saturn asks Lindsay? Well it is a good question, and I'll hazard a guess (which is surely wrong). The book is concerned with minutiae and detail. The rings of Saturn in the bulk are quite easy to see even with fairly low-powered telescopes (say the sort you might use for bird-watching) and indeed Galileo came close to discovering their true nature with his simple instruments. However they are extraordinarily complex and unbelievably thin (a few km, perhaps less). It took many years of careful human observation to discover the Cassini and Enke divisions, and with spacecraft such as Voyager and much more recently the amazing Cassini the true microscopic (microscopic on a planetary scale anyway) details are being discovered.

I'm sorry I couldn't find a picture with knotted rings, I think that implies a highly unstable and turbulent system. However you might just imagine you can see twisted yarn in this false colour UV picture of the amazing detail in the "A" ring (also it looks like the grooves in a vinyl record to me too): http://lasp.colorado.edu/cassini/images/orange_density_PIA06994%20large.jpg

Astro Cat

Peter the Flautist

Illusory braiding of the narrow "F" rings here for Lindsay (best I could do!) http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/planets/captions/saturn/fring.htm

Astro Cat

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