This article accompanies the fable
Beauty & the Beast
Space and Time
In the sciences, “double helix” and “string theory” may only be metaphors but they grab the imagination of writers, artists and musicians too. I like these lines by Vladimir Nabokov: “in the spiral unwinding of things, space warps into something akin to time, and time, in its turn, warps into something akin to thoughts…” (Speak, Memory, chapter 15).
In the arts, it's the same metaphors. I like these lines by W.H. Auden in In Memory of W.B. Yeats:
But for him it was his last afternoon as himself,