“Artists are people who are not at all interested in the facts—only in the truth. You get the facts from outside. The truth you get from inside.” --Ursula K. LeGuin

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It's Greek To Me

This blows me away. 

Did  the Greeks ever imagine this?

Old Pi visited me last week. Remember him from those old days in math class? I had not seen Pi in decades, and he hasn't changed a bit, still 3.14 (and on and on), and he decided to show up in my Real Estate Course.

The course gave us a measurement in feet and inches and a diameter.  The circumference of a circle is diameter times Pi--how did the Greeks determine that? Now, said the study course, fill the area with cement—in cubic yards.  (Radius (1/2 the diameter) squared times Pi equals the area.)

Am I studying to be a contractor or what?

I never thought to ask my Real Estate Agent how many cubic yards of cement it would take to pour my driveway, and don’t you dare ask me.

I got to wondering about the Greeks. Probably Pi it was discovered before Aristotle, Plato or Socrates for those philosophers focused more on the human being than on mathematics or science. They could be called the fathers of metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. And we think metaphysics is new-age...

(Metaphysics simply means "Beyond physics." Wow, imagine, the physicists have much yet to discover.)

You might ask why the Greeks influenced us more than some others who were equally brilliant. 

Those others often used Oral tradition. The Greeks advantage was, they used the Alphabet. 

They wrote.

It was the Greeks that educated the Romans and, and after the dark ages, it was the records of the Greeks, kept and studied by the Moslem, Jewish, and Christian monks, who educated Europe once again.

Thanks Greeks.We appreciate it.

Now, use the alphabet and write! 

Forget the driveway—the cement contractor can do that.