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WHEN now I had for a long time reflected upon the uncertainty that pervaded all the mathematical results then existing as to the motions of the planets, it began to be repellent to me that the philosophers who would investigate with such extraordinary care the most insignificant details of the course of the heavenly bodies, should yet find no certain ground for the movement of the World Machine.
COPPERNICUS, De Revolutionibus : Introd. (1543).
Since Coppernicus, Man seems as if thrown upon an inclined plane, down which he is rolling, rolling, faster and ever faster-away from his central place in creation-Whither ? Into Nothingness ?
Into a deep-penetrating sense of nothingness?
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Zur Genealogie der Moral.
The world-old effort of the race to construct a world image, a
picture of the universe-Its history-It is scattered through a
The whole intellectual and scientific advance has been characterised
by the overturning of primitive impressions and beliefs—A
Primitive man and his world-His earliest ideas of fixity and law
must have come from the development of mathematics and its