A Lament for Douglas Adams
May 14, 2001 12:27 AM   Subscribe

A Lament for Douglas Adams by his close friend, Richard Dawkins.
posted by Jongo (11 comments total)
posted by Lionfire at 12:42 AM on May 14, 2001

Beautiful. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
posted by toddshot at 1:34 AM on May 14, 2001

Truly sad news. A touching letter to be certain. Thanks for the post.
So long, thanks for all the books.
posted by a3matrix at 4:28 AM on May 14, 2001

Neil Gaiman also had some very kind things to say about Mr. Adams.
posted by Aaaugh! at 8:02 AM on May 14, 2001

I'm beside myself. D.A. was the froodiest. A re-read of H2G2 always picks me up when I'm down. Now there will never be a 6th episode in the famous trilogy.
posted by Tubes at 8:55 AM on May 14, 2001

Firstly I am a huge fan. I devoured DNA's work in all media.

I am deeply upset at his passing.

I don't want this to descend into the "is he great or isn't he" debate of the previous thread on this sad news, but whether people liked the style of his work or not, its worth considering that the man who wrote this lament is the professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford.

Therein, for me, lies the fundamental aspect of DNA's work.

He helped non-scientists understand a great deal of deep mathematics and physics.

And then laugh about it.

Thank you DNA
posted by davehat at 9:15 AM on May 14, 2001

Here's an old piece DNA wrote about the internet.
posted by john at 10:22 AM on May 14, 2001

Now the world has gone to bed,
Darkness won't engulf my head,
I can see by infrared,
How I hate the night.

I named one of my research robots after doug for this. Not gonna do any infrared work today.
posted by DiplomaticImmunity at 11:30 AM on May 14, 2001

the two rules i live by are 1-Be Nice, and 2:

Don't Panic.

Good advice for any day...time to read the trilogy again.

*sigh* & *damn*

[thanks for the marvin poem DiplomaticImmunity]
posted by th3ph17 at 11:40 AM on May 14, 2001

I cried today when I read this.
posted by feelinglistless at 12:35 PM on May 14, 2001

I was loaned the H2G2 in high school by a boy who later become my first boyfriend. I always swore that if I got to teach high school english I would assign H2G2 instead of Watership Down or Yellow Raft in Blue Water.
posted by miss-lapin at 2:49 PM on May 14, 2001

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