VI – THE GREAT FESTIVALS OF THE YEAR AND THEIR REFLECTION IN SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENTS

Plate 29, Figs. 54 and 55, and Plate 36, Fig. 68, three experiments with the same substances, 1% Gold chloride and 1% Iron sulphate, mixed in equal quantities : Of these three we also decide from a scientific and artistic view point for Fig. 55 on Plate 29,although we could understand if somebody is specially attracted by the delicate lines engraved in Fig. 68. This judgment would be made by considering the artistic point of view, and forgetting the other prominent qualities expressed in the vivid coloration,which may be better judged by having access to the original.

Plate 30, Figs. 56 and 57, and Plate 37, Fig. 70, three experiments with the same substances, Gold chloride and Tin chloride mixed in equal quantities : We choose as the most beautiful and impressive Fig. 56 on Plate 30.

Plate 31, Figs. 58 and 59, and Plate 38, Fig. 72, three experiments with the same substances, Gold chloride and Lead nitrate, mixed in equal quantities. Beyond any doubt, the picture represented on Plate 31, Fig. 59 has to be selected.

Since 1943 many friends have had opportunities to look at the originals. They were always placed before them so that they could form their own judgment. I am glad to say, that they all came to the same conclusion. It sometimes happened that the following comment was made: “I must confess that I also like the experiments with gold-tin and gold-lead carried out during the Spring Equinox, or the gold picture obtained at the same time; they are really very beautiful. If I look afterwards at the experiments obtained on the 28th of March, I realise that there is infinitely more expressed in these; they cannot be compared with the other two. The former are beautiful, but the latter are more than beautiful. . . .”

The one judgment comes quite naturally as an expression of admiration at the beauty of the Spring experiments. The Spring Equinox adds a great beauty. But something beyond mere beauty we find in the series made on March 28th, the Easter Sunday according to the Astronomer Royal.

The third series (Easter Sunday according to the Church authorities) judged as a whole, is more or less insignificant.

Our objective, scientific-artistic judgment of these three series of experiments is briefly :—

Nature celebrated the Easter Festival, when we commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ, on the 28th March, 1943. It was an early Easter, and everybody could see this reflected in Nature. Seeds germinated early. The trees were covered with blossoms, the Spring flowers were abundant. This glorious rising of life forces—this being in the status nascendi—was definitely passed a month later on the 25th of April

These are scientific experiments which arouse in our souls religious feelings, and so contribute towards finding a way to unite Science, Art and Religion.

A scientific test enables us to decide an argument between the Astronomer Royal and the Church authorities.