This is the subject of my teachings, and I go on describing all the different causes the movement of the stars across the Universe might spring from. Among these hypotheses, only one must be the right explanation, but which one deserves the crown is still beyond the grasp of those who move with an honest pace through the path to knowledge.Titus Lucretius Carus, On the Nature of Things
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As for the quote from the poem On the Nature of Things by Lucretius, an early example of scientific divulgation, I’ve crafted a translation that sacrifices adherence to the original hexameters and gives up on metric, in favor of the inner meaning that I think these verses bear. The original hexameters in Latin are the following ones:
… id doceo, plurisque sequor disponere causas,Titus Lucretius Carus, De Rerum Natura, V 529-533
motibus astrorum quae possint esse per omne;
e quibus una tamen sit et hic quoque causa necessest,
quae vegeat motum signis; sed quae sit earum
praecipere haudquaquam est pedetemptim progredientis.
The reader may have recognized some similarities with ideas promoted by natural philosophers who were born after Galileo had started the scientific revolution, about sixteen centuries apart from the end of Lucretius’ life. Besides the obvious “Hypotheses non fingo” by which Newton admitted that even though his mathematical model described so well the movement of planets, he had no idea of the cause of gravity; besides that, we can also mention Chamberlin’s “Method of Multiple Working Hypotheses” that seems to follow the footprints of these few lines from the fifth book of De Rerum Natura. Lines in which almost a presage of the convergence of a Baconian series can perhaps be acknowledged; a prophecy that has traveled through twenty centuries to teach us what we have painfully learned again during this vertiginous hiatus and that we often forget about.
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