Biographical history, as taught in our public schools, is still largely a history of boneheads: ridiculous kings and queens, paranoid political leaders, compulsive voyagers, ignorant generals, the flotsam and jetsam of historical currents. Those who radically altered history, the great creative scientists and mathematicians, are seldom mentioned if at all. Martin Gardner, mathematician and writer (1914-2010) […]
When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: “Only stand out of my light.” Perhaps someday we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their […]
Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte. Blaise Pascal, Lettres Provinciales, 1657 Two centuries later, in English: Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. Henry David Thoreau, letter, 1857 There is […]
You cannot begin to preserve any species of animal unless you preserve the habitat in which it dwells. Disturb or destroy that habitat and you will exterminate the species as surely as if you had shot it. So conservation means that you have to preserve forest and grassland, river and lake, even the sea itself. […]
I have always supported measures and principles and not men. I have acted fearless and independent and I never will regret my course. I would rather be politically buried than be hypocritically immortalized. Davy Crockett, frontiersman, soldier, and politician (1786-1836).