Hypothetics: everlasting stories

Did the events we are going to tell you about really take place in history? It is hard to be sure. If they really did happen, then they have undoubtedly made their contribution to the collective formation of social culture and ethics. On the other side, if such facts did not take place in the past and these stories were only a side product of the historical process – just a fiction, then it would still be surely possible to find similar stories in the centuries-old social memory… The essence of things is always there, available for us, but it becomes truly ours in various forms only as our mind and spirit become ready for it…

Majestic Modesty (Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss)

Twilight and slovenliness reigned in a small study of the owner of the printing manufactory. Weak rays of the autumn sun hardly made it through the dense curtains on the windows of the room and revealed quite extensive deposits of dust in the air and on the objects. Everywhere one could see random piles of manuscripts, books, newspapers, printing forms and vessels with samples of paint.

However, not the depressing atmosphere of the...

MODEST HAPPINESS (Theodor Mommsen)

The bent old man with a mop of dishevelled grey hair on his head, wearing a black academic cloak over the strict tail-coat, has been slowly shuffling through the lobby of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. His road was not easy, as he was moving through a boiling crowd of journalists, policemen, high officials, representatives of the European aristocracy and academic circles. Through the slightly blurred eyeglasses, the old man was staring...

The most important circumstances (Alexander Graham Bell)

- You want to know for sure if I'm a true inventor of the telephone ... – Mr. Alexander Graham Bell smiled thoughtfully and got up from his massive chair. Stroking his thick white beard he came up to a three-winged window half covered by heavy red curtains. – You came from the USA to the Canadian Nova Scotia. It’s been a long way, but you have managed to find me here in my estate. So you only wanted to ask this one question?!

Mr. Bell frowned, put his...

Complex truth (Antoni van Leeuwenhoek)

On November evening on the eve of St. Martin's Day 1659 one of the most popular taverns in the central part of Delft, which is located in the South of the Netherlands, halfway between Rotterdam and the Hague, was crowded with citizens joyfully celebrating the upcoming holiday. Pale light of the full moon shone evenly through the weeping windows of the pub and created a bizarre contrast with the trembling light from candles and oil lamps inside the...

Insight (Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche)

During the breaks between classes corridors of the University of Basel are traditionally filled with steady hubbub of ringing young voices. Of course, at any university of the world in these moments students like to communicate with each other, discuss lectures and evening plans, and make fun of their friends and teachers. But in the University of Basel (founded by the bull of the Pope Pius II on November 12, 1459) the intricate and mysterious...

Magnetism (Michael Faraday)

It was very stuffy and gloomy in a rather modestly equipped office of the Director of physical and chemical laboratory of the Royal Institution and, in addition, the President of the Royal Society. The owner of the office was not in the best mood, and the situation in the room perfectly corresponded to his frame of mind: papers and accessories were scattered across the desk, on a floor under a pile of tobacco there was an abandoned smoking pipe, and the...

«Time of inspiration» (Nikola Tesla)

Beams of the morning summer sun flickered in the rustling foliage of a branchy maple majestically towering at the corner of Fifth Avenue and the Washington Square Park. Patches of light of numerous colours were dancing on the buildings of the most famous street of New York. This made the arty-crafty buildings of the most prestigious zone of the island of Manhattan look even more motley and extravagant…

Nikola Tesla was standing at a tree foot,...

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