This is the subject of my teachings, and I go on to describeTitus Lucretius Carus, On the Nature of Things, V 529-533
all the possible causes of the stars’ movement across the Universe.
Of these hypotheses, only one must be the right explanation,
but what animates the bodies in the sky is still beyond the grasp
of those who move at an honest pace through the path to Truth.
Welcome to my personal blog! What follows is a list of the categories of this website. Click on the title to see the articles it contains. A list of categories is available on the left of this page too (if you are browsing on a PC).
- Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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Below you find a list of all the articles on this website, ordered from the most recent one to the very first article, published in 2016. Some blog posts are only in Italian, but you can translate them into your language of choice by using the bar on the left.
As for the quote from the poem On the Nature of Things by Lucretius, an early example of scientific divulgation, 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” (R) that seems to follow the footprints of these few lines from the fifth book of De Rerum Natura. Verses 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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