By Freeman Dyson
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They described a marvelously elaborate and abstract scheme by which Elly at that time attached numbers to her emotions and to the comings and goings of the sun and moon. The numbers 73 and 137 are there, carrying their burden of magic, and the concept of the days in general belongs to their product 73 x137 =10001. What does it all mean? It is not hard to share Elly’s meanings to some extent. One may react much as she does to sun and cloud, and see the humor of imagining horrible disasters as long as they cannot possibly happen.
Bombs and Poetry by Freeman Dyson