Quotable #88: Free Will

“Man, what are you talking about? Me in chains? You may fetter my leg but my will, not even Zeus himself can overpower.”  — Epictetus, The Discourses of Epictetus, with the Encheridion and Fragments (1877 edition), tr. by George Long, c. 2nd century “A horse that is hitched with others to a wagon is not free not […]

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6 Health Myths Debunked

This is a guest post by John Hannen. Throughout time there has many myths and old wives’ tales. In childhood, we were often led to believe that we wouldn’t get curly hair if we didn’t eat our bread crusts or walking under a ladder would give us bad luck. However, many myths revolved around our […]

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Advice to Book Borrowers (Book Inscriptions)

The following are some book inscriptions found on old books warning book borrowers to return the books that they borrow: Neither blemish this book, or the leaves double down, Nor lend it to each idle friend in the town; Return it when read; or, if lost, please supply Another as good to the mind and […]

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Incredible Bridge Designs Around the World

This is a guest post by John Hannen. You wouldn’t give crossing a bridge a second thought, it’s just something we do to get from one place to another, but it is a unique privilege that we have. High above the water or the ground, a beautiful view of the city sprawling out before you […]

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Pun of the Weak: Lesson Learned

An entomologist strapped an insect trap to the back of a farmer’s horse. After the horse had been out in the pasture a few days, the entomologist went back to check the trap. To his sorrow, he found that a strolling roan gathers no moths.  

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3 Tips to Find the Right Chemistry App to Help You With Learning

This is a guest post by Camila Grace. If you are new to the chemistry world or a seasoned student, there are applications for each and everyone in between that can make learning easy and portable. But there is a lot out there so you do you know how to find the right app for […]

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An Easy Sequence?

Can you name the number that would complete this peculiar eight-term sequence? 19, 5, 17, 21, 5, 14, 3, ? Solution This is supposed to be an easy sequence but you won’t be able to solve it if you only try to find some sort of mathematical patterns, which is a common mistake made by […]

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Gleanings from the Past #87

Geometry and Poetry Geometry seems to stand for all that is practical, poetry for all that is visionary, but in the kingdom of the imagination you will find them close akin, and they should go together as a precious heritage to every youth. — Florence Milner, School Review, 1898 Epitaph on Richard Adlam In the romantic village […]

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When Edmund Spenser Showed His Poem to Elizabeth I

Eminent poet Edmund Spenser (1552/1553 – 1599) lived during the Elizabethan era. His most famous work is The Faerie Queene, an epic poem with an allegorical theme in praise of the Tudor dynasty and Queen Elizabeth I. The unique verse form (at the time) used in this work was invented by Spenser, which would later be […]

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Of Beauty and Truth

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich (left), Karl Heinrich Schellbach (right) Georg Wilhelm Friedrich (1770 – 1831), a notable German philosopher, once remarked, “Who does not know the works of the ancients dies without knowing beauty.” German mathematician Karl Heinrich Schellbach (1805 – 1892) responded, “Who does not know the works of mathematicians and scientists dies without knowing […]

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