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One map for each child of the world

“On Rigor in Science“ . . . In that Empire, the Art of Cartography reached such Perfection that the map of one Province alone took up the whole of a City, and the map of the empire, the whole of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps did not satisfy and the Colleges of Cartographers set up a Map of…

A matter of translation

A misleading interpretation of a word describing the surface of Mars led to a century of deepening belief that intelligent life existed on the planet.

Drawing by Numbers

For those whose drawings were important  in their childhood;  lines, colors, papers and their smell were the way to observe,  imagine, dream, design the experience of the world. If not, go and look for pens or brushes and try again whatever moment you are in your life. During the childhood of astronomy, humans started looking and drawing what they saw …

Wait…it’s not the Earth!

Sometimes a good reason is not sufficient for changing our minds. This can be said also in Science. Thomas Khun studied how strong changes in perspectives, theories and methodologies in Science have been made along history.

Bashō on Mars

冬枯れ や 世は一色に    風の音 Fuyugare ya /   yo wa isshoku ni / kaze no oto Winter solitude. In a world of one color. The sound of wind. Matsuo Bashō A robotic arm moves slowly and smoothly looking for a piece of paper. It rests a pen lightly on the sheet and stops for a while as if it…

The six seasons

To tremble from cold in the icy snow, In the harsh breath of a horrid wind; To run, stamping one’s feet every moment, Our teeth chattering in the extreme cold Vivladi’s Four Seasons. Sonnet for the Winter First movement. The Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi gave musical expression to each season of the year. Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons) is…