Junior Ganymede
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Decline is Decline

November 29th, 2011 by G.

[I]n the sack of Athens the Goths had collected all the libraries, and were on the point of setting fire to this funeral pile of Grecian learning, had not one of their chiefs, of more refined policy than his brethren, dissuaded them from the design; by the profound observation, that as long as the Greeks were addicted to the study of books, they would never apply themselves to the exercise of arms. The sagacious counsellor (should the truth of the fact be admitted) reasoned like an ignorant barbarian. In the most polite and powerful nations, genius of every kind has displayed itself about the same period; and the age of science has generally been the age of military virtue and success.

Thus Edward Gibbon.

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November 29th, 2011 10:14:25

John Mansfield
November 29, 2011

Here is a wonderful collection of WWII techno goodness courtesy of retired numericist William Kahan: link.

November 29, 2011

Some nice technological tidbits there, but:

“After the great Depression began in 1929, holders of vast wealth supported right-wing fascist mobs …”

Just about lost me. However excellent his knowledge of technology, his understanding of politics is puerile.

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