The Ancients Knew Earth Was A Sphere At Least 2,000 Years Before Columbus

We have been told in school that it was Christopher Columbus the person who found out that the Earth is a sphere and set out on a journey to prove it. It is just one of the many “little” lies that have been told in history classes today. But Christopher Columbus did not discover the Earth was spherical. Actually, Columbus was about 2,000 years too late and he greatly underestimated the Earth’s circumference. So who discovered or proved the Earth is a sphere? Pythagoras was one of the originators of the idea, Aristotle provided physical evidence and Eratosthenes determined that the Earth was in fact, round. Eratosthenes (276-194 B.C.) the father of “Geography,” made the discovery around seventeen hundred years before Columbus. He speculated that the Earth was shaped like a ball based on the stories and myths of Greek sailors before proving his assumption. Eratosthenes, a Greek mathematician, […] Read More

A French View Of Women’s Rights

With a little book entitled Les Femmes qui Tuent et les Femmes qui Votent, Alexandre Dumas, fils, has just entered the arena of social and political reform. The novelist, who began by picking up his Beatrices and Lauras in the social gutter, the author of La Dame aux Camélias and La Dame aux Perles, is regarded in France as the finest known analyst of the female heart. He now comes out in a new light; as a defender of Woman’s Rights in general, and of those women especially whom English people generally talk about as little as possible. If this gifted son of a still more gifted father never sank before to the miry depths of that modern French realistic school now in such vogue, the school headed by the author of L’Assommoir and Nana, and so fitly nicknamed L’Ecole Ordurialiste, it is because he is a born poet, […] Read More

Stars And Numbers

Ancient civilization saw nothing absurd in the claims of astrology, no more than many an educated and thoroughly scientific man sees in it today. Judicial astrology, by which the fate and acts of men and nations might be foreknown, [hardly] appeared, nor does it even now appear, any more unphilosophical or unscientific than does natural astrology or astronomy-by which the events of so-called brute and inanimate nature (changes of weather, &c.), might be predicted. For it was not even prophetic insight that was claimed by the votaries of that abstruse and really grand science, but simply a great proficiency in that method of procedure which allows the astrologer to foresee certain events in the life of a man by the position of the planets at the time of his birth. Once the probability, or even the simple possibility, of an occult influence exercised by the stars upon the destiny […] Read More