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Author Topic: THE RENAISSANCE  (Read 5119 times)
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« Reply #105 on: October 17, 2008, 09:05:06 pm »

How many different branches have grown from the trunk of that [Aristotelian] sect? Some follow Scotus; others St. Thomas; a few, out of innate promiscuity, follow both. . . . However many
leaders philosophy has, by that much less is our time learned.

Meanwhile, the prince of philosophers is completely abandoned, and he who is better than others
in sophismata usurps his name, so that if Aristotle himself were revived, he would not, I believe,
even understand his followers and disciples.

No one, unless insane, would dare speak these things of our own discipline [i.e., mathematics],
since indeed neither time nor the ways of men are able to detract from them.

The theorems of Euclid are just as certain today as they were a thousand years ago and the discoveries of Archimedes will be no less admired after a thousand centuries [than they are now].54 
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