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Dear Sir/Madam,I am writing this letter to express my disappointment with the size of the universe. I have recently become aware of the vast expanse of space and the infinite number of galaxies that exist beyond our own, and I must say, I am not pleased with what I have learned.I understand that the universe is vast and has no limits, but I cannot help but feel that it is too big for my liking. The idea of being just a tiny speck in the grand scheme of things is overwhelming and makes me feel insignificant. I cannot comprehend the distances involved, and it is a source of anxiety for me.I would like to request that the size of the universe be reduced to a more manageable size. I understand that this is a tall order, but I believe it is possible. I believe that a smaller universe would provide a sense of comfort and security to many people who feel the same way I do.Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to your response.Sincerely,
Yes indeed, these difficulties can be overwhelming to an ovine brain but they rarely trouble us anthropoid apes.
Fortunately science can come to the aid of our ovine correspondent.Those of us of a crystallographic or medical imaging persuasion spend a lot of our working lives in k-space where the infinite becomes infinitesimal and teeny weeny ripples in the microcosmos are big enough to see. Any tourist who is overwhelmed by the Grand Canyon is welcome to visit the road from my house to the research park, and study hundreds of natural canyons formed by the confluence of British council officials, British contractors, and British weather. The canyons are just big enough to destroy an alloy wheel or kill a cyclist. There is an annual ritual of "closing the road" just before the end of the financial year, and a few months later a whole new crop of canyons appear, so it's much more dynamic than its transatlantic counterpart, which hardly changes from one century to the next.I believe work is already in progress to reform the minute, and the abolition of the leap second has already removed one of life's uncertainties. There are however opposing views on the next phase: when I say "just a minute" The Boss starts nagging after 30 seconds, but when she says it, it means as long as it takes to complete a telephone call, feed the dog and change handbags. I think the compromise might be to lengthen the second.AFAIK there are no ethical objections to resurrection, and there is even a choice of procedures. Christians of my acquaintance are certain that their entire bodies will be restored to life at some time in the future, and adherents of other faiths are certain that minds and spirits are routinely reincarnated on a daily basis, though not necessarily in the same species. So the broad consensus is that Sir Isaac may indeed already be present as a crab louse or tapeworm, or if not, he will turn up eventually at the same time as everyone else.
I would dearly love to see some pictures of your locality