…and the queen gave birth to a son who was named Asterion… Apollodorus
Phalaris’s Brazen Bull
Story goes that Phalaris, tyrant of Akragas, a Greek city on the southern cost of Sicily, in today’s territory of Agrigentum, commanded Perillos to invent and design a new torture device for executing criminals. According to Diodorus Siculus, recounting the story in Bibliotheca Historica, Perillos of Athens proposed to Phalaris a bull that was made entirely of bronze, hollow, with a door in one side. The condemned was locked inside the belly of the bull and fire was set under it, heating the metal until the person inside roasted to death. Read more
A body orbiting around a planet is in equilibrium between two forces: the centrifugal force and the gravitational force
where Fc is the centrifugal force, Fg is the gravitational force, m1 is the mass of the orbiting body, m2 is the mass of the planet, v is the speed of the body while orbiting, r is the distance of the body from the center of the planet, G is the gravitational constant
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The Earth map used in the UN flag: 33 sectors
A grid, probabl
y representing parallels and meridians, divides the Earth in 33 sectors. Another special number is 11, 33 being a multiple of it. You probably wonder what it means and what relation have these numbers with the Earth.
33 appears immediately as a particular number, being a palindrome. Moreover 3×3=9; 33×3=99… another palindromic digit I like is the number 12321. If you sum all digits, you’ll obtain 9 again. Read more
The following article is considering many phylosophic and literary subjects such as Anima Mundi, Vitalism , Panpsychism , perfect numbers , the measures of the Ark of the Covenant and other.
Ades and Flora
About Pi ( a film by Darren Aronofsky) I have already written in a previous article: it is a movie full of philosophical meanings and even of cosmogonic and mythological allusions. This time I would like to reconsider a crucial scene already commented , when Sol and Max are talking about the Japanese Go board as an image of the universe. In Sol’s kitchen, on the left of the fridge, hanging on the wall, there are at least two meaningful pictures : one is maybe a tribute to Flora, it is a floral pattern with spirals, and spirals are a sort of leit-motiv in the movie, and the other is the represention of a huntsman with three dogs, that you could easily connect, for instance, to Ades and Cerberos of the ancient Greek mythology.
Pictures from Pi: Faith in Chaos ( Spirals and the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci)
Polaris is a particular star. It is almost exactly over the North Pole. This position makes this star perfect to do some calculation in relation to the Earth.