Namaste friends. This post is a collection of quotes from the book - Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian - while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.
Thing is, nothing affects gravity. You can’t increase or decrease it. Earth’s gravity is 9.8 meters per second per second. Period. And I’m experiencing more than that. There’s only one possible explanation. I’m not on Earth.
Normally if you asked a space agency to send a probe to Venus in under a year, they’d laugh in your face. But it’s amazing what you can do with an unlimited budget.
What’s the point of even having a world if you’re not going to pass it on to the next generation?
Kids are smarter than most people think. And they can tell when a teacher actually cares about them as opposed to when they’re just going through the motions.
People always assumed our first contact with alien life - if any existed - would be little green men in UFOs. We never considered the idea of a simple, unintelligent species.
If I had a nickel for every time I wanted to smack a kid’s parents for not teaching them even the most basic things ... well ... I’d have enough nickels to put in a sock and smack those parents with it.
That’s pretty much a rule in electronics: You never get diodes right on the first try.
Evolution can be insanely effective when you leave it alone for a few billion years.
Human brains are amazing things. We can get used to just about anything.
Human beings have a remarkable ability to accept the abnormal and make it normal.
No one ever talks about the really hard parts of first contact with intelligent alien life: pronouns. I’m going to go with “he” for now, because it just seems rude to call a thinking being “it.”
I’m doing a lot of things for the first time in human history out here and there’s a lot of stuff that needs naming. Just be glad I don’t name stuff after myself.
Language is kind of an exponential system. The more words you know, the easier it is to describe new ones.
Broadly speaking, the human brain is a collection of software hacks compiled into a single, somehow-functional unit. Each “feature” was added as a random mutation that solved some specific problem to increase our odds of survival. In short, the human brain is a mess. Everything about evolution is messy.
Sometimes, the stuff we all hate ends up being the only way to do things.
We all have to make sacrifices. If I have to be the world’s whipping boy to secure our salvation, then that’s my sacrifice to make.
When the alternative is death to your entire species, things are very easy. No moral dilemmas, no weighing what’s best for whom.
Astronauts are brave people, willing to risk their life for science. Many of them are willing to give their life for humanity. I admire them.
Discrepancy is science. You think about discrepancy. Make theory. You is science human.
It’s a simple idea, but also stupid. Thing is, when stupid ideas work, they become genius ideas. We’ll see which way this one falls.
Do you believe in God? I know it’s a personal question. I do. And I think He was pretty awesome to make relativity a thing, don’t you? The faster you go, the less time you experience. It’s like He’s inviting us to explore the universe, you know?
I’m lucky to be alive. There’s no other way to put it. Anything I do beyond that moment is a gift from the universe to me.
There are a bunch of things I want to do, but I need to take it slow. I can’t risk another “stupid day” like yesterday. [...] I’m smart enough now to know I’m stupid. That’s progress.
Math is not thinking. Math is procedure. Memory is not thinking. Memory is storage. Thinking is thinking. Problem, solution.
Any planet that has life will have it everywhere. That’s my theory, at least. Evolution is extremely good at filling every nook in the ecosystem.
The hardest part about working with aliens and saving humanity from extinction is constantly having to come up with names for stuff.
Say what you will about the Russians, they know how to keep a secret.
There is no “stationary” in a solar system. You’re always moving around something.
It’s a weird feeling, scientific breakthroughs. There’s no Eureka moment. Just a slow, steady progression toward a goal. But man, when you get to that goal it feels good.
People nowadays ... they have no idea how good they have it. The past was unrelenting misery for most people. And the further back in time you go, the worse it was.