[EAS] Birth of Science Anniversary
Peter J. Kindlmann
peter.kindlmann at yale.edu
Fri May 21 19:49:01 EDT 2010
(from WHAT'S NEW Robert L. Park Friday, May 21, 2010 Washington, DC)
>BIRTH OF SCIENCE: NEXT FRIDAY, MAY 28, SCIENCE WILL BE 2,595 YEARS OLD.
>On May 28, 585 B.C. the swath of a total solar eclipse passed over the
>Greek island of Miletus. The early Greek philosopher, Thales of
>Miletus, alone understood what was happening. The world's first
>recorded freethinker, Thales rejected all supernatural explanations,
>and used the occasion to state the first law of science: every
>observable effect has a physical cause. The 585 B.C. eclipse is now
>taken to mark the birth of science, and Thales is honored as the
>father. What troubles would be spared the world if the education of every
child began with causality?
I thought this would be a particularly nice anniversary to observe.
Amongst the many "Day of ..." how about a "Day of Reason"?
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