A high point in Roman science
The reason why the water in wells becomes colder in summer is that the earth is then rarefied by the heat, and releases into the air all the heat-particles it happens to have. So, the more the earth is drained of heat, the colder becomes the moisture that is concealed in the ground. On the other hand, when all the earth condenses and contracts and congeals with the cold, then, of course, as it contracts, it squeezes out into the wells whatever heat it holds.

Lucretius, On the Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura), Sphere Books, London, 1969.

I created this blog as a place to gather some thoughts about science and philosophy. For the purpose, I wanted a title with a scientific resonance, but not one that implied high ambition or great self-regard. Lucretius seemed the perfect moniker: the name of one whose ideas, if not always enlightening, were often amusingly wacky.

Unfortunately someone had already taken Lucretius on both Blogger and WordPress. But then the idea occurred of prefixing the name with an i. The exact meaning of this device is unknown to me, but if it is good enough for Apple, inventor of the most profitable gadgets the world has ever known, it seemed good enough for me. In fact, I rather like that iLucretius sounds vaguely French, as in: C’est moi, Lucretius — the French being, as we have argued elsewhere, obviously the most intelligent people in the world.

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