The Greening of Luna

The Greening of Luna

Archimedes laughed.
"About time they built a lever!"

Xu waved his hand.
"Forget the canals of Mars. Sprouts are sprouts!"

Sagan crossed his arms.
"Maybe this will make them look up!"

Einstein quipped.
"Even in MY day we had elevator cars."

Summary

The Greening of Luna is a poem written in 2161 by Krista Gomez, a writer for European Science Daily. It is a satirical commentary of two major developments that occurred in the author's lifetime - the creation of the Jump engine and the terraforming of Luna.

While most of the references are fairly straightforward, the poem's last line has been a subject of debate among academics for years. Einstein's statement seems to be a dismissal of the Jump engine, but the use of the word we instead of they has led some experts to posit that Gomez viewed Einstein as more sympathetic to laypeople than his peers.

References in the poem

References in The Greening of Luna:

Archimedes of Syracuse (c. -287 – c. -212) was a Greek mathematician. He is said to have claimed that with a large enough lever he could move the planet Earth.

Xu Guangqi (1562 – 1633) was a Chinese scientist and astronomer. He is known for his work with agriculture and irrigation.

Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996) was an American astronomer. He worked up to the end of his life promoting scientific rationality and scientific awareness, and often clashed with his government over his concerns.

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) was a German physicist. The mention of 'elevator cars' is probably in reference to his explanation of the changing perceptions of light and motion.

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