A
**cubic** inch of some stars weighs a hundred
tonsBlue tit, who could measure
the power of your tiny spark
of energy?

— 1980 'Blue Tit on a String of Peanuts'.

... it is extremely likely that Aryabhata knew the sign for zero and the numerals of the place value system. This supposition is based on the following two facts: first, the invention of his alphabetical counting system would have been impossible without zero or the place-value system; secondly, he carries out calculations on square and **cubic** roots which are impossible if the numbers in question are not written according to the place-value system and zero.

— G Ifrah, in "A universal history of numbers : From prehistory to the invention of the computer" quoyed in in: J J O'Connor and E F Robertson "Aryabhata the Elder".

Who is able to paint the existence of a dog as Picasso paints the
existence of a **cubic** shape?

— Quoted in Briefe, Aufzeichnungen und Aphorismen (2 vols,1920), translated by Chipp in his Theories of Modern Art (1968).