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Civilisation 39: Hero of Alexandria

This amazing bloke, who was born just a little over 2,000 years ago, did all this and more. He also perfected the automatic door, an early form of the surveyors’ theodolite and powered all sorts of devices from a musical organ to a range of machines using water, steam, gravity, mechanical levers and even simple, knotted ropes. Continue reading

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Civilisation part 1 PDF

Beginning 4,700 years ago in ancient Egypt, this project has led me all the way to the Palestine of a little over 2,100 years ago. Part 1 began with Imhotep and ended with Pontius Pilate. Continue reading

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Civilisation 28: Chrysippus

Chrysippus was a determinist, believing in fate and pre-ordination. And yet he also championed the role of free will, a concept he believed could best be approached by practicing Stoicism. Continue reading

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Civilisation 25: Aristarchus of Samos

Cleanthes, a stoic contemporary of Aristarchus insisted in his treatise ‘Against Aristarchus’ that Aristarchus should be prosecuted for ‘impiety’ when he claimed that the earth moved around the Sun Continue reading

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Tredinnick – the astrologer’s best friend

It’s 2015 for pity’s sake! Continue reading

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Civilisation 22: Epicurus

Epicurus inhabited an Athens that was well used to thinking, to mental exploration and to philosophical controversy. And how he must have loved it. Continue reading

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Galileo and the Pope

Europe was gripped by the extremist totalitarianism of a Christian church that hadn’t yet been outgrown by an educated society. Continue reading

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