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The title palindrome is rather like the standard reconstruction of Hannibal’s intentions for the battle of Zama.
It looks neat but something is missing.”
The primary source throughout is Polybius (mainly Book XV, reverting on occasion to Book I) – Livy’s version of the battle is too confused and irrational to be of value for this exercise.
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By Robin Lamplough
Anyone who has done even a little reading about the British army’s tank corps during the Second World War will be aware that, while awaiting action or further direction, armoured vehicles were often drawn up in a defensive circle called a ‘laager’. South Africans well-read in the literature of the Anglo-Boer conflict, will easily recognize in ‘laager’ a Dutch/Afrikaans loan-word, like ‘commando’ which has found a place in modern martial vocabulary. Investigating further, it becomes clear that in discussion of tanks in the German and US forces, the word laager or ‘lager’ is used there also, so perhaps it was a general term in the days of Rommel and Montgomery . What is not immediately revealed, however, is that the concept of the wagon circle has a history which stretches back much further than the late 19th century . Read the rest of Getting into the Laager »
When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child’s hands,
you are bringing the child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an awakener.
By Mark Norman
Sir Sydney Camm, CBE, FRAeS was an English aeronautical engineer who contributed to many Hawker aircraft designs, from the biplanes of the 1920s to jet fighters. One particularly notable aircraft he designed is the Hawker Hurricane fighter. Wikipedia Read the rest of Sir Sydney Camm 1893-1966 »
A Scientific Honoring of Death by Rev Michael Dowd Reproduced by permission of Metanexus Institute, www.metanexus.net.
Science not only increases our knowledge, it also deepens our intimacy with reality. Nowhere is this more evident than in how an evidential worldview helps us honor—indeed, celebrate—the role of death at all scales of the cosmos.
My wife, Connie Barlow (a science writer and evolutionary educator), and I have a passion for sharing the “soul-nourishing” side of our new science-based understanding of death with people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs.
Thanks to the sciences of astronomy, astrophysics, chemistry, geology, paleontology, evolutionary biology, cell biology, embryology, ecology, geography, and math, we can now not only accept but celebrate that:
In 2008, a group of 21 scientists at the Geological Society of London concluded that the planet was no longer in the Holocene epoch. The 12,000-year inter-glacial period in which humans have flourished is over. We are now living in a new epoch—they called it the Anthropocene—a period characterized by a human-dominated environment. The term has caught on and recently made the cover of The Economist and National Geographic. It takes a lot of informed imagination, however, to grasp just what the Anthropocene means and why the term is so fitting.
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Dr. Johan Swartz, aged 65, died at the Highway Hospice, on Saturday, June 30 2012.
I consider myself honoured to have known him as a mentor and friend. He was a man of great integrity and a renowned educator and researcher in the field of Cognitive Science – the study of human intelligence and the enhancement of learning. I can think of no better way to pay tribute to his memory than to publish a poem that he penned in his last days. (Grateful thanks for the permission to do so is due to his son Deon) Read the rest of Johan Swartz – A Tribute »