Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 194,030 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

Kelvin's Fallacy - Poem by Kelly Kurt

Early last century a preeminent scientist said
“There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now.”
This misconception is nothing short of ignorance and hubris
From the beginning of coherent thought, similar judgments have been made
Like arrogant teenagers, self-assuredly omniscient
Discovery is discrete from knowing
Measurements can be refined, but change what’s being measured
Knowledge expands to fill available space
And the space multiplies to outpace absorption
The greatest wisdom earned through experience and age
Is that we know little, if any at all

Topic(s) of this poem: knowledge, life


Comments about Kelvin's Fallacy by Kelly Kurt

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (9/18/2015 11:47:00 PM)


    Loved the last two lines. Purposeful poetry. Thanks. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/18/2015 11:58:00 PM)

    It is my belief and relief that knowing is ethereal

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  • David Wood (9/17/2015 5:25:00 AM)


    Some things in the realm of physics just cannot be put back in the bottle. It's how we live with knowledge that counts. Good work Kelly. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/17/2015 12:37:00 PM)

    Thanks, David. Many times throughout history, it has been spoken in general or for a specific field, that we now know everything there is to know. It's unbelievable that any intelligent, rational human could ever even think that

  • Sanjukta Nag (9/17/2015 1:50:00 AM)


    There is no end of discovery. Our thirst for knowledge and need for things inspires us to discover more. An inspirational poem filled with wisdom. Thank you. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/17/2015 3:01:00 AM)

    Thanks, Sanjukta. I would gladly give up food (and I like food a lot!) if I could be nourished by pure knowledge alone.

  • (9/17/2015 1:31:00 AM)


    Socratic winds of wisdom fill these precious lines,
    Knowing we know nothing, always a good sign,
    Off to discovery, never guessing what we'll find.
    So often like poetry that shakes up heart and mind.

    We love you're poetry for all that is says so beautifully and well but also because it makes us feel and think.
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    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/17/2015 3:04:00 AM)

    Thank you, Sandra. I don't wish to sound pedantic, but want what I write to be layered with thoughts and emotion

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (9/17/2015 1:18:00 AM)


    More you learn, more you realize how little you have discovered compared to what is to be discovered. Learning, on the other hand, should make one learning to learn. Very inspiring thought beautifully wrapped in to a poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (9/17/2015 2:59:00 AM)

    Thank you, Jayatissa. I shudder when I think of the fraction (99.9%) of knowledge yet to be discovered

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 17, 2015



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