Inferring the Universe From Our Limited Perspective

It may seem rash indeed to draw conclusions valid for the whole universe from what we can see from the small corner to which we are confined. Who knows that the whole visible universe is not like a drop of water at the surface of the earth? Inhabitants of that drop of water, as small relative to it as we are relative to the Milky Way, could not possibly imagine that beside the drop of water there might be a piece of iron or a living tissue, in which the properties of matter are entirely different.


We are like the inhabitants of a drop of water, unable to imagine other elements and molecules outside of it.

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Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Borel , Émile (2003-09-18), Space and Time, Dover Pubns, Retrieved on 2012-01-24
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