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George
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Raleigh, NC
Post #: 7
Duma completed this book around 1844, about two and half centuries after Galileo dropped the balls.

They ascended five or six more steps, and then Dantes felt that they took him, one by the head and the other by the heels, and swung him to and fro. "One!" said the grave-diggers, "two! three!" And at the same instant Dantes felt himself flung into the air like a wounded bird, falling, falling, with a rapidity that made his blood curdle. Although drawn downwards by the heavy weight which hastened his rapid descent, it seemed to him as if the fall lasted for a century.

At last, with a horrible splash, he darted like an arrow into the ice-cold water, and as he did so he uttered a shrill cry, stifled in a moment by his immersion beneath the waves.

Dantes had been flung into the sea, and was dragged into its depths by a thirty-six pound shot tied to his feet. The sea is the cemetery of the Chateau d'If.

Duma, The Count of Monte Cristo.
http://www.gutenberg....­


George
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Raleigh, NC
Post #: 80
While calculating compound interest rates, I came across the history of Euler's number. I was totally awed. This reinforced my belief that merchant economy favors intelligence.

It is also true that, in Euler's time, European monarchs liked to show off science academies and art galleries. In other words, these queens, kings, empresses and emperors liked to collect geniuses.
George
user 74564852
Raleigh, NC
Post #: 81
One of Peter the Great's collections was Abram Petrovich Gannibal, the great grand father of Alexander Pushkin. Despite Peter's heroic effort, Russia's intellectual achievement in the 18th century amounted to little to nothing. It was not until Pushkin invented modern Russian language that Russian art, science and literature began to take off. If there is any one single person who can be said to have unleashed Russian brainpower, it's got to be Pushkin.

Then again exactly how does language help thinking?
George
user 74564852
Raleigh, NC
Post #: 83
Fuck it. I think this mortgage thing is a conspiracy. I'm not going into this rat race.
I will do everything to preserve the originality of my thoughts.
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