AN INTRODUCTION TO QUANTAVOLUTION
IN HUMAN AND NATURAL HISTORY
Princeton London Bombay
© 1981 by ALFRED DE GRAZIA
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First Edition 1981
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To Ami Hueber
I cannot without great wonder, nay more, disbelief, hear it being attributed to natural bodies as a great honour and perfection that they are impassable, immutable, inalterable, etc.: as, conversely, I hear it esteemed a great imperfection to be alterable, generable, mutable etc. It is my opinion that the Earth is very noble and admirable by reason of the many and different alterations, mutations, generations, etc., which incessantly occur in it...I say the same concerning the Moon, Jupiter and all the other globes of the Universe.... These men who so extol incorruptibility, inalterability, etc., speak thus, I believe, out of the great desire they have to live long and for fear of death....
Dialogue on the Great World Systems
The real actors on the stage of the universe are very few if their adventures are many. The most “ancient treasure” -in Aristotle’s words-that was left to us by our predecessors of the High and Far-Off Times was the idea that the gods are really stars, and that there are no others. The forces reside in the starry heavens, and all the stories, characters and adventures narrated by mythology concentrate on the active powers among the stars, who are planets. A prodigious assignment it may seem for those planets to account for all those stories and also to run the affairs of the whole universe.
GIORGIO DI SANTILLANA HERTHA