…the desperately and terribly trivial laws of mathematics…

Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977)

Vladimir Nabokov (1899 – 1977)

“It is simple to prove the non existence of God. It is impossible, for example, to admit that a grave Zah, omniscient and omnipotent, could spend his time with such a silly and vain manner, playing with puppets and manikins and – something even more unbecoming – to have restrained this game of his with the desperately and terribly trivial laws of mechanics, chemistry, mathematics…”

From the novel “Despair” by Vladimir Nabokov   (1932)

An excerpt from the first lines of the sixth chapter. Hermann Karlovich puts forward the triviality of Science to prove the non existence of God. “The whole God thing is, I presume, a huge fraud” he continues, “by an ingenious rascal” that “has become a virtuoso of celestial knowledge” . And, apart from the usual version of Paradise, the one with divine light and angels, he recognizes another kind of Paradise “a curved mirror that retreats and becomes continually smaller and smaller, a vain and self satisfied Physics professor”.



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