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« Reply #25 on: 27/06/2008 11:16:56 »


No. Hermes is a aircraft carrier. That wingy-footed shirt-lifter could never carry an aircraft.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_(mythology)
The Greek God Atlas could lift more than an aeroplane because he could carry the whole world on his Back !!


And he invented map books.

That Atlas is just part of a myth not real like the Cartographer (map-maker), Mercator was and he made the first world cylindrical maps too.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerardus_Mercator
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercator_projection

I like that word Cartography as well, after all maps of all sorts affect us all daily whether it's the book version or the SatNavs etc.



Most importantly, Atlas invented this special bone&joint
which makes you shake your head desperately...
when you read some dumb questions in here! ;D




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« Reply #26 on: 27/06/2008 18:46:51 »






                               
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« Reply #27 on: 27/06/2008 20:36:55 »


No. Hermes is a aircraft carrier. That wingy-footed shirt-lifter could never carry an aircraft.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlas_(mythology)
The Greek God Atlas could lift more than an aeroplane because he could carry the whole world on his Back !!


And he invented map books.

That Atlas is just part of a myth not real like the Cartographer (map-maker), Mercator was and he made the first world cylindrical maps too.


What an idiot. Everyone knows the world isn't cylindrical  ::)
 

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« Reply #28 on: 27/06/2008 21:00:04 »
When Mercator researched his maps, everyone thought that the world was FLAT !!
I know that the world is round, then they didn't have the technology that we do now.

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The Mercator projection is a cylindrical map projection presented by the Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator, in 1569. It became the standard map projection for nautical purposes because of its ability to represent lines of constant true bearing or true course, known as rhumb lines, as straight line segments. While the direction and shapes are accurate on a Mercator projection, it distorts size, in an increasing degree away from
 

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« Reply #29 on: 27/06/2008 22:24:18 »
When Mercator researched his maps, everyone thought that the world was FLAT !!


No they didn't. That the world was a sphere had been known since Aristotle's time.
 

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« Reply #30 on: 27/06/2008 23:03:24 »
When Mercator researched his maps, everyone thought that the world was FLAT !!


No they didn't. That the world was a sphere had been known since Aristotle's time.

Then why did the Ancient Greek Sailors as legend says that they would fall of the ends of the flat earth?
 

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« Reply #31 on: 28/06/2008 09:17:01 »
You've been watching too many Hollywood movies.

from http://www.iki.rssi.ru/mirrors/stern/stargaze/Scolumb.htm

Today it is well known that the Earth is a sphere, or very close to one (its equator bulges out a bit because of the Earth's rotation). When Christopher Columbus proposed to reach India by sailing west from Spain, he too knew that the Earth was round.

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Following Washington Irving's 1828 biography of Columbus, Americans commonly believed Columbus had difficulty obtaining support for his plan because Europeans thought the Earth was flat.[4] In fact, the primitive maritime navigation of the time relied on the stars and the curvature of the spherical Earth. The knowledge that the Earth was spherical was widespread and the means of calculating its diameter using an astrolabe was known to both scholars and navigators[5]. The spherical view of the earth had been the general opinion of Ancient Greek science, and continued as the standard view in the Middle Ages (for example of Bede in The Reckoning of Time). In fact the Earth had generally been believed to be spherical since the 4th century BCE by most scholars and almost all navigators[citation needed], and Eratosthenes had measured the diameter of the Earth with good precision in the second century BC[6].

from http://iq.lycos.co.uk/qa/show/17270/Who+discovered+that+the+world+was+round%3F/

Nobody is sure who first deduced that the world is round. It is most likely that it was done by observing the Earth's shadow on the Moon during a lunar eclipse. Aristotle (384-322 BC) said that it was common knowledge, at least among the learned, so it's been known for at least 2,500 years.
We do know that Eratosthenes of Cyrene was the first to accurately estimate the Earth's diameter, around 220 BC. How he did it is detailed at Astronomy Online.

What he did was use the information that, at noon on the Summer Solstice, the sun shone to the bottom of a well in Syene (now called Aswan), Egypt. This meant that the sun was making a 90 angle to the ground on that day, in Syene.

Eratosthenes then measured the angle of sunlight to the ground in Alexandria, Egypt, at noon on the same day. He used that angle to calculate what fraction of the Earth's circumference (which is 360) was between Alexandria and Syene. Since he knew the distance to Syene, and that it was exactly south of Alexandria, he was able to calculate the Earth's circumference.
 

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« Reply #32 on: 28/06/2008 11:23:34 »
I thought a cartographer was someone who designed menus.
 

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« Reply #33 on: 28/06/2008 12:34:26 »
I thought a cartographer was someone who designed menus.

NO, a cartographer is a map-maker and it's a Greek Word (I don't understand that language)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartography
 

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« Reply #34 on: 28/06/2008 13:04:43 »
Thats right, it's from ΚΑΡΤOΣ (a menu) and ΓΡΑΦOΣ ( a designer).
 

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« Reply #35 on: 28/06/2008 14:38:48 »
Arsole.
It's an organic molecule, honest it is ...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arsole
 

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« Reply #36 on: 28/06/2008 15:29:44 »
Arsole.
It's an organic molecule, honest it is ...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arsole

Here is a short explanation of a Molecule - A french word.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molecules

Join that up with a Chromosome and you get DNA.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromosomes
 

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« Reply #37 on: 28/06/2008 16:57:12 »
Fucitol, is another organic compound.
It and other comic compounds can be found here.
 

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« Reply #38 on: 28/06/2008 17:29:58 »
If your favourite word is phenolphthalein, shouldn't you be able to spell it?
 

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« Reply #39 on: 28/06/2008 19:39:12 »
Here is a short explanation of a Molecule - A french word.

Yeah, and it was Descartes who coined it - the greatest original thinker EVER, and he wasn't even a scientist but a philosopher ::).
 

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« Reply #40 on: 28/06/2008 20:29:05 »
Isn't a molecule a small mole?  ???
 

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« Reply #41 on: 28/06/2008 21:14:30 »
Yeah, and it was Descartes who coined it - the greatest original thinker EVER, and he wasn't even a scientist but a philosopher ::).

A "freelance philosopher" such as yourself should know that the predecessor of modern science was "natural philosophy"...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_philosophy 
 

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« Reply #42 on: 28/06/2008 21:22:54 »
Isn't a molecule a small mole?  ???

LOL LOL LOL LOL
 

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« Reply #43 on: 29/06/2008 23:32:39 »
A "freelance philosopher" such as yourself should know that the predecessor of modern science was "natural philosophy"...

Surely - but what I intended was that he was more interested in the 'mind' bit and the abstract ideas of mathematics rather than the deterministic/material stuff like  mucking about with apparatus. Although he did fiddle with compasses and hydrostatics and was interested in medicine and the prolonging of life as well as dissecting and vivisecting animals. On reflection he was probably more 'scientific' in the modern sense than is generally thought as he is remembered mostly for the epistemological - "What can I know?" - stuff.
 

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