Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

By Sean Carroll | January 1, 2010 8:56 am

In the spirit of yesterday’s post, let’s start off the New Year with a bit of wisdom from Hippocrates:

Life is short,
art long,
opportunity fleeting,
experiment dangerous,
judgment difficult.

I’m pretty sure he was thinking about the Large Hadron Collider.

  • NewEnglandBob

    Judgement is not difficult for many. They judge others without knowledge and it doesn’t bother them in the least. But maybe Hippocrates didn’t know about Hypocrisy :)

  • capitalistimperialistpig

    Either the LHC or Tiger Woods.

  • ARJ

    if he was contemplating the LHC than surely that was Nostradamus, not Hippocrates

  • Philoponus

    I hope ARJ’s thread is not at all prophetic. The Greek for the third line speaks of PEIRA SPHALERE, which is more literally “attempts are likely to fail”.

  • Eilonvi

    what a great quote! isn’t it amazing how few words capture profound essence? :)


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About Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] .


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