Saturday, September 08, 2007

RIP: author Madeleine L’Engle

I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of my favorite childhood authors, Madeleine L'Engle.
From Wikipedia:

Madeleine L'Engle (November 29, 1918 – September 6, 2007)[1] was an American writer best known for her children's books, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science; mitochondrial DNA, for instance, is featured prominently in A Wind in the Door, tesseracts in A Wrinkle in Time, organ regeneration in The Arm of the Starfish and so forth. She died at a nursing home in Connecticut at age 88.

A few Madeleine L'Engle quotes from

  • I share Einstein's affirmation that anyone who is not lost on the rapturous awe at the power and glory of the mind behind the universe "is as good as a burnt out candle."
  • Infinity is present in each part. A loving smile contains all art. The motes of starlight spark and dart. A grain of sand holds power and might.
  • The world of science lives fairly comfortably with paradox. We know that light is a wave, and also that light is a particle. The discoveries made in the infinitely small world of particle physics indicate randomness and chance, and I do not find it any more difficult to live with the paradox of a universe of randomness and chance and a universe of pattern and purpose than I do with light as a wave and light as a particle. Living with contradiction is nothing new to the human being.
  • Truth is eternal. Knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.
NYT obituary
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