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10 Historical Predictions That Came True

10 Historical Predictions That Came True

Number 10 Existence of Atoms The existence of atoms was mathematically proven by Albert Einstein in 1905, but the fundamental theory itself traces its roots to Antiquity. At the time, however, it was more in the realm of philosophy since scientists lacked the knowledge and technology necessary for observation. In the 5th century BC, a …

How to Cite Plato (Stephanus Numbers)

How to Cite Plato (Stephanus Numbers)

When you cite Plato in a paper, cite by dialogue title and Stephanus number. This is the number & letter in the margin in most editions of Plato’s works. It refers to the page and line numbers from an edition of Plato’s complete works, published in 1578 by Henricus Stephanus of Geneva. Stephanus numbers give …

HISTORY OF IDEAS – French & English Gardens

HISTORY OF IDEAS – French & English Gardens

There have been two central traditions in European gardening. Each one associated with a great European nation. The first originated in 17th century France, and became known as the “Jardin à la française” or “formal French garden”. The most sublime example of this school of gardening is to be found in the chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte …

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Romanticism

HISTORY OF IDEAS – Romanticism

Romanticism is one of the most important historical events of all time. Unlike a lot of what gets called history, romanticism isn’t a war or a piece of technology or a political event. It refers to the birth of a new set of ideas. It is about a mindset and a way of feeling. Romanticism …

How Our Past Influences Our Present

How Our Past Influences Our Present

For much of the time, the way we feel about – and react to – events is founded on how things are in the here and now. For example: – I feel very scared because something very scary is in front of me. – I feel I’m being judged harshly by the person I’m speaking …

SOCIOLOGY – Alexis De Tocqueville

SOCIOLOGY – Alexis De Tocqueville

Democracy was achieved by such a long arduous and heroic struggle that it can feel embarrassing even shameful to be pretty Disappointed by it Perhaps the best guy to such feelings and to Modern democracy in general is a 19th century French aristocrat [Alexis] De [Tocqueville] Photo Tocqueville Democracy was a highly exotic and new …

How Not to be Boring

How Not to be Boring

One of our great fears, which haunts us when we go out into the world and socialize with others is that we may in our hearts be really rather boring. But the good news and a fundamental truth too, is that no one is ever truly boring. They’re only in danger of coming across as …