"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

What loftiness of mind was that of man who thought of a way to communicate to whatever other person, though separated by the longest intervals of space and time, to speak with those yet unborn. All though various groupings of twenty simple letters on paper.

[: Galileo, ]

Posted by rp on 05.12.2009

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