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Why study the history of astronomy?

Posted on 2005.04.14 at 15:07
"We feel no gratitude toward those whose assiduous toil has given us illumination on the subject of the moon, while owing to a curious disease of the human mind we are pleased to enshrine in history records of bloodshed and slaughter, so that persons ignorant of the facts of the cosmos may be acquainted with the crimes of mankind."

Pliny the Elder, Natural History II, 43 (Loeb).

[On my supervisor's door. I've been meaning to share this for some time]

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All the Strange Hours
from: mendaciloquent date: 2005-04-14 14:05 (UTC) (Link)
That's pretty excellent.

Was he the one who died at Vesuvius?
J.
from: methexis date: 2005-04-16 07:11 (UTC) (Link)
Yup.

Cordially,
J.
from: quisutdeus date: 2006-06-27 19:16 (UTC) (Link)
Funny-I´ve read that sentence yesterday in latin before i felt into sleep...I like your style, pal. Might you grant me to add you as a friend? Cheers.
J.
from: methexis date: 2006-06-28 00:49 (UTC) (Link)
But of course. Just be warned that it has mostly fallen into desuetude.

Cordially,
J.
from: quisutdeus date: 2006-06-29 19:42 (UTC) (Link)
desuetudo? satis mihi hic ad legendum intelligam. nondum enim commentarios tuos ex toto peragraui. grates tibi et quam optime uale!
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