–“I wonder what they called P before all the great libraries were destroyed.”—Andrew Gribble
—“I’m pretty confident that Aristotle got as close to it P as Archimedes got to calculus.”—Luan Raphael
Archimedes: 287 BC.
Epicurus 341 BC
Alexander 356 BC
Aristotle 384 BC
When Alexander Crosses the Hellespont 334 BC, he conquered the persian empire at the expense of infecting europe with oriental despotism.
We should not look at alexander as a hero, but as a fool who brings greece to an end, as napoleon that brought europe to an end.
It took us until:
newton-liebniz to rediscover calculus
descartes to restore us to geometry (reality)
Davinci to restore roman engineering
It takes until the royal society before we institutionalize it again and reach greek and roman levels of schools. (1660)
We don’t restore ‘physical’ thought until the industrial revolution ~1700-1830, physical thought
We don’t restore administration and military order until Napoleonic France.
It takes until Darwin before we reach aristotelian ‘cleanliness’ of thought.
The main innovations are technological, and the main innovation in logic returning to Archimedes with Babbage by accident and Turing by design.
We are, I am, still trying to restore aristotle, our original frame of european thought.
I mean, realistically, the worst thing that ever happened is letting the barbarians across the hellespont. but there is no natural barrier in anatolia like there are in the caucuses to build a wall upon. so Anatolia must be lost.