Saturday, July 20, 2013

Plutarch’s Moralia

The face on the moon

Sec. 929 - note
The first evidence of the moon’s heat was obtained by Melloni in 1846 by means of the newly invented thermophile.

Sec. 934
The apparent color of the moon in total eclipse was as late as the 16th century adduced as evidence that the moon had light of its own, a notion entertained as possible even by W. Herschel.

The principles of cold

Sec. 953

The poets tell us that the Night was born of Earth and mathematicians demonstrate that night is the shadow of Earth blocking the light of the sun.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Aristotle - The Physics - Books I-IV

Aristotle never represents the supreme being as the creator of the material universe. On the contrary, he believes in the eternity of matter-in-motion.

It was Socrates who brought forward the general conception of classes or kinds in which there was a group resemblance amid individual differences. It has ever since remained at the basis of science and philosophy alike, for it is the principle of generalization and classification.

Aristotle urges throughout the Physics that no mechanical movement is self-initiated by matter.

In Aristotle’s time the precession of the equinoxes had not been observed.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The story of Rubha Devi

Om trayambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam,
Urvaarukamiva bandhanaan mrityor mukshiya maamritaat.

Meditate on the three-eyed reality that causes all life to flourish,
Just as the gourd is cut from bondage to the plant, may the soul
be liberated from the body at death, for the soul is immortal,
Fear not death.
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