Tuesday, December 9, 2014

thought for the day . . . France's Versailles

The next perhaps really great cultural outpouring, where great architecture is made, embroidered with art(and science), after the Venicians(and Italy in general from the 1400/1500's . . . the famous Italian Renaissance), is France.

The cultural heritage of France goes back further than the Renaissance Italy actually. As I've pointed out many times in this blog, the so called 'dark ages' was split between the approximately five hundred years after the fall of Rome to a thousand A.D. when the translations of Spanish Arab books were made.  Those of course turned out to be ancient Greek mathematical science(and philosophy) books.  Really, the French were in on it first.  They were right there - right above Spain.

I think I'll go ahead and post some Alhambra pictures again here; this can never be shown enough!


This is it from the outside; looks like some square brutal fortress as Jacob Bronowski puts it.  But on the inside!






The Alhambra and some other Arab architecture was before the great French 'Gothic' cathedrals.  They came after the translations of the Spanish Arab texts of 1060 A.D.

Here's an early French Gothic cathedral.  Some say the first. It's history goes back to Roman times.  It's placed on top of roman ruins.



I can't help posting this picture of original bells placed in view.  I'm guessing the French Gothic cathedrals made these hugh bells ringing at certain times famous


As James Burke in his Connections, episode 3 points out, tip the bell over, put in some gunpowder taken from the Chinese, and you have a cannon . . .

Speeding right along through history, past all the Italian Renaisance and other history, to about 1680 France's Versailles. I don't claim to know everything about this place, but I found this French picture book of Versailles, thumbed through it, and found some interesting things!

Louis the XIV seemed to consider himself the 'sun king.' I don't know about reading to much into that, but it points to some of my discoveries in this little book.


Here's the Gabriel wing, which is just a small part of the whole of Versailles.

Here's the inside of one of those buildings,


Here's the inside of another part!


There's more cathedrals built in to Versailles . . .

Ah, here we go, the Hercules room!



The Venus room . . .


and the Mercury room,


Well, it's called the Mercury Salon

The Diana room . . . in Greek mythology, that's Apollo's sister; yes, that's what I'm getting at!


Made out of pure marble

The Apollo room,


The Mars room,


And of course, there's tons of other goodies,

Here's the famous hall of mirrors,


The Hall of battles dedicated to Democracy really,


The Royal Opera,


There's even Marie Antoinettes theater,


I wasn't able to find everything, and of course, I'm don't know about or am even going to show everything.  One curiosity is after the French built their Versailles, the Russians had to have one of their own. See their Winter palace alone.

Here's the King and Queens beds of Versailles,



Monday, December 1, 2014

astro picture for the day

 
Image Credit: WISE, IRSA, NASA; Processing & Copyright : Francesco Antonucci
 

As I post in youtube, "The Petrans remind me of the Minoans.  They had a great cultural traditions that shaped their politics - use money and art to pay off whoever else is in power.  But, as this great documentary shows, the Petrans peaceful strategy couldn't weave through the winds of change. It comes to show that no country can last forever."

The above video led me to another great archaeology documentary that I haven't seen till now. This one is about Etruscans.  Etruscans are an iron age culture, that based on this great documentary, was a potentially great culture.  Once again, no matter how great, they just could not overcome winds of change.

 
 
A further note . . . perhaps part of these cultures problems was they spent their energies and wealth on art(and dare I say religion), instead of science and engineering.  This allowed competitors to catch up and then surpass them.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

astro picture for the day; thought for the day extra - Asimov's 'Psycho-History?'


Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio (STScI)

- below is a response to an Isaac Asimov Foundation facebook page.  Isaac died in like 1992-3, or thereabouts, so you know it's run by some enthusiast. I thought I'd share for various reasons, not the least of which is that Isaac Asimov's Foundation series looks to finally be put into movie form in a year or two.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcgW9yPuhTQ

Sophie confronts Silas.  She asks Silas if he murdered who she thinks is her Grandfather.  Silas responds with "I am a messenger from god."  I find people think in these kinds of ways all the time. It's like they don't want to get close to the truth; they don't want some inner them being exposed.

Even a 400 A.D. Bishop of Constantinople Gregorius of Nyssa noticed this type of thinking and complained,

"People swarm everywhere, talking of incomprehensible matters, in hovels, streets and square, marketplaces, and crossroads. When I ask how many oboloi I have to pay, they answer with hairsplitting arguments about the born and the unborn. If I inquire the price of bread, I am told that the father is greater than the son. I call a servant to tell me whether my bath is ready; he rejoins that the son was created out of nothing."

There an earlier scene of character Sophie with Robert Langdon. They're in a truck and talking about little things.  She asks Mr Langdon, "are you a god-fearing man professor."  Langdon replies, "I was raised a catholic."  For which she correctly replies, "that's not really an answer."

- comment about Isaac Asimov's Foudation, to become a movie series,

"
I've got quotes from Church fathers that Christianity was indeed a religion against science.  I found them comparatively recently compared to my 'Gospel of Truth.' I wrote my 'Gospel of Truth' to put together the best evidences of the religious conspiracy.
http://wwwscientifichumanism.blogspot.com/2011/04/flashgordons-gospel-of-truth.html
I partly got interested in mythology because of Jacob Bronowski's point that poetry and mathematics share a characteristic - analogy.  Poetry's analogy is of course similie and metaphor.  Analogy in mathematics is called abstraction..  Poetry is vague, mathematics is precise and constructive.  Both unify I suppose. I noted that mythology is poetry, and I happened on some interesting sungod mythology, so I persued it for awhile.  I've come to think that my connections(and some other connections of James Burke's connections and Jacob Bronowski's further ideas, in his "Origins of Knowledge and Imagination", explains much human psychology.  And through my readings of the history of mathematics previous to even all this, in particular Morris Kline's "Mathematics in Western Culture" in particular, I had noted that the history of mankind seems to follow whether mathematics is persued or not.  So, one could argue that my Jacob Bronowski "Scientific Humanism" is a kind of Hari Seldon 'Psycho-History.'
The psychology is that of how people either think mathematically or not.  Whether they have curiosity or not.  Usually, if they are not, they make over/under generalisations, don't question assumptions(even refusing to question assumptions). They resort to violence to solve their problems.  Scientific spirited people reason and are willing to be questioned and to question their own beliefs."

Monday, November 17, 2014

astro picture for the day/ Alexander Grothendieck passed away a few days ago


ESA/NASA Hubble Space Telescope image

- Science extra,

Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck passed away 13Nov2014.  The wiki here -- > Alexander Grothendieck , does a pretty good job showing his mathematics. He made generalisations of algebraic varieties(which comes out of the Fundamental theorem of Algebra remarkably enough; this was shown by David Hilbert - just one of the great things he did of course), and topology to stitch them together and make spaces of solutions of algebra and number theory. He made vast insights of Zeta functions and still the Riemann hypothesis appears to a distant dream for mathematicians!

This is a kind of famous picture of him,


I actually got on facebook just to try talking to him about why he chooses to hide his mathematics. One reason appears to be military applications. I simply said, that's the way culture goes sometimes.  Someday, all that will go away. Considering how his father died in Auswitch, it was probably almost impossible to get through to him. 

Another reason hinted at many times is a embracing of religion. Seems to me, I first posted my deductive disproof of a god on his facebook(posted here on 7/12/11).  It never got erased . . . I did see one post by him to the affect "wow, amazing how many friends I have!"

A little sorry to say, but I find people don't do great things they could do often because of crazy influences and upbringing(religion). This is the reason for this blog!  Alexander Grothendieck started trying to ban libraries and any knowledge of much less use of his  mathematical discoveries. Unless someone can disprove what I say on this blog, I feel 100% justified in what I've been doing here.

astro picture for the day


Image Credit & Copyright: J-P Metsävainio (Astro Anarchy)

Monday, November 10, 2014

astro picture for the day


Image Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), NSF

This picture of a solar system's planets in the making took this whole array of micrometer telescopes interferometer,


plus this supercomputer for data processing,


to get this image above. 

The more I look at it, the more interesting it looks actually!  You might notice spikes in the ring strurcture just like what can be seen in Saturn's rings!