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  • Monday, April 26, 2004

    History in your Hands

    Via American Digest, an amazing article about a book worth 1.5 million dollars US.

    Published in Latin in 1540, the book is one of the few remaining first editions of the Narratio prima by German mathematician Georg Joachim Rheticus.

    Three years before famed astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published De revolutionibus, the revolutionary treatise stating that the sun, and not the earth, was at the center of the universe, Rheticus published Narratio prima.

    To hold a book such as this is to hold history in your hands. For some, all of their live that matters is something that can be held in hand and read by a complete stranger ages later. This book is a testament to progress, and to human courage as well. Defying religious authority in order to promote the truth and to expose corruption takes a courage that few men posses. Galileo suffered greatly for his advancing of science, and many others shared his fate. Truly, we all owe them greatly, for, as Sir Isaac Newton once stated, If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.. Without giants in the past, we would have no one to stand on in the present. And the future would be no better off than today, if not worse.

    For an example of someone showing some bravery in the face of religious authority, check out The Religious Policeman.

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