RTICLES

Usually related to education, philosophy or society, I write these to give form to some of things I grapple with. If they can spur on debate and reflection so much the better.

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The Sleepwalkers

Here’s a fact for the day: February 4th 1600, two of our era’s most influential men met for the very first time, at Benatek Castle near Prague. Tycho de Brahe, a Danish grand seigneur whose greatest discovery was that astronomy needed precise and continuous observational data and who had accordingly assembled the world’s most impressive collection of instruments for planetary observation, and Johannes Kepler, a myopic, somewhat hypochondriac German peasant, genius and stargazer, who benefitted from inheriting all of Tycho’s meticulous observations months after having met him. That we now fixedly believe that the earth and planets revolve around the sun at the centre of the solar system was b

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