Bulb Quotes (3 quotes)
[My grandmother] lived the latter years of her life in the horrible suspicion that electricity was dripping invisibly all over the house. It leaked, she contended, out of empty sockets if the wall switch had been left on. She would go around screwing in bulbs, and if they lighted up, she would fearfully turn off the wall switch and go back to her Pearson's or Everybody's, happy in the satisfaction that she had stopped not only a costly but dangerous leakage. nothing could ever clear this up for her.
[S]uppose you make a hole in an ordinary evacuated electric light bulb and allow the air molecules to pass in at the rate of 1,000,000 a second, the bulb will become full of air in approximately 100,000,000 years.
[When I was a child] I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and I was a street kid. [T]here was one aspect of that environment that, for some reason, struck me as different, and that was the stars. I could tell they were lights in the sky, but that wasnt an explanation. I mean, what were they? Little electric bulbs on long black wires, so you couldnt see what they were held up by? What were they? My mother said to me, "Look, weve just got you a library card get out a book and find the answer. It was in there. It was stunning. The answer was that the Sun was a star, except very far away. The dazzling idea of a universe vast beyond imagining swept over me. I sensed awe.