MATHEMATICAL PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL PHILOSOPHY The Principa Author’s Preface Since the ancients (as we are told by Pappus), made great account of the science of mechanics in the investigation of natural things; and the moderns, laying aside substantial forms and occult qualities, have endeavoured to subject the phænomena of nature to the laws of mathematics, […]
A DEFENSE OF POETRY Percy Bysshe Shelley “Poetry strips the veil of familiarity from the world, and lays bear the naked and sleeping beauty which is the spirit of its forms.” Job 42:1–6 1 Then Job answered the LORD: 2 “I know that thou canst do all things, and that no purpose of thine can be […]
Over my suppliant hands entwined, I leaned just staring at the fire, imagining bodies of human beings and seen burn. And both my trusted guides now turned to me. And the Virgil spoke, to say: ‘My dearest son, here may be agony but never death. Remember this! Remember! And if I led you to safety […]
THE DIVINE COMEDY Dante Alighieri And I, in the midst of all this circling horror, began, “Teacher, what are these sounds I hear? What souls are these so overwhelmed by grief?” And he to me: “This wretched state of being is the fate of those sad souls who lived a life but lived it with […]
Emily Dickinson Dew — is the Freshet in the Grass — ‘Tis many a tiny Mill Turns unperceived beneath our feet And Artisan lies still — We spy the Forests and the Hills The Tents to Nature’s Show Mistake the Outside for the in And mention what we saw. Could Commentators on the Sign Of […]
Is it possible that the God who created good also created evil?