What's the "blue touch paper"?

As in: "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."

Stephen Hawking quoted here http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100902/lf_nm_life/us_...

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  • 9 years ago
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    "Touchpaper" is paper impregnated with saltpetre (potassium or sodium nitrate; a. k. a. "nitre"), and used as a fuse for explosives, especially fireworks. Lighting it initiates the process leading to the explosion. To "light the blue touch paper" is simply a colloquial expression meaning "to kick things off" or "to get things started".

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    3 years ago

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  • 3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    If someone lights the touch paper or lights the blue touch paper, they do something which causes anger or excitement.

    It is a British proverb, and is related to British fireworks: On their side, you can find the safety instructions: "light the blue touch paper and retire immediately".

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    4 years ago

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    What's the "blue touch paper"?

    As in: "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going."

    Stephen Hawking quoted here http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100902/lf_nm_life/us_...

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    I am certainly in Hawking’s corner as a lay person in the sciences of matter in the cosmos but well versed in the metaphysical world beyond or beneath it however you prefer. I have maintained that creation is self created living phenomena that is in constant cycle of change from becoming to ending over and over. I do “see” in the new age, which is upon us, the discovery of the blueprints in the astral and etheric aspects of creation. Hang on; the churches will have a ball with that one. Take a look see. I did enjoy Hawking’s book, A Brief History of Time.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The reference is to the fuse on a firework, as the other answers said.

    As a British proverb it doesn't have any direct reference to causing anger or excitement. It means starting a sequence of events that is impossible to stop. (Of course the sequence of events might sometimes involve anger or exciitement, but that isn't what Hawking meant).

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    its a british euphemism for "fuse"... Hawking basically said it is not necessary to invoke God to light the fuse and set the universe going....

    he could as easily have said "strike the match" or "flick his Bic"

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Thanks to each and every one of you guys for the answers!

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