“… I must admit, as a researcher, I was filled with joy, when i realised exactly what I’d found, it was sheer delight. It’s comparable to the exitement of a scientist studying volcanic lava. It’s incredibly interesting. Inspirational.” (Konstantin Checherov – se videoen. Ca 22:50)

A propos atomkraft og de større eller mindre problemerne de har med det i Japan, så findes der denne 15 år gamle video om et hold russiske forskere og deres ekskursioner ind i sarkofagen på Tjernobylværkets reaktor 4.

Det er svært ikke at fascineres over den destruktive skønhed der ligger i radioaktivt materiale når det slippes løs på denne vis og det er heller ikke svært at forstå Konstantin Checherovs begejstring over sit fund dér, dybt under de ødelagte rester af reaktoren.

Til Helge Sander!

‘What’s that great big book on the table?’ she asked.
‘That? Oh, that’s my Greek dictionary.’
‘Your what?’ she cried.
‘It’s all right. It won’t bite you.’
‘Are you learning Greek?’
‘I thought I’d like to.’
He was looking at her with a smile in his eyes and she smiled back at him.
‘Don’t you think you might tell me what you’ve been up to all the time you’ve been in Paris?’
‘I’ve been reading a good deal. Eight or ten hours a day. I’ve attended lectures at the Sorbonne. I think I’ve read everything that’s important in French literature and I can read Latin, at least Latin prose, almost as easily as I can read French. Of course Greek’s morе difficult. But I have a very good teacher. Until you came here I used to go to him three evenings a week.’
‘And what is that going to lead to?’
‘The acquisition of knowledge,’ he smiled.
‘It doesn’t sound very practical.’
‘Perhaps it isn’t and on the other hand perhaps it is. But it’s enormous fun. You can’t imagine what a thrill it is to read the Odyssey in the original. It makes you feel as if you had only to get on tiptoe and stretch out your hands to touch the stars.’

– W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge, chapter 4. Jvf: Myterne om universiteterne står for fald. Via: Laudator Temporis Acti.