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…

Waiting for the meaning (Max Weber)

Evening train from Vienna to Berlin was noisy preparing for departure from the main station of the Austrian capital. Stokers threw coal into a fire-spitting fire chamber of the locomotive intensively, and puffs of vapor with the whistling sound came out of the heated boiler. The twisting, coiling and transforming dense white haze enveloped the locomotive and the first carriages, softly creeping over the platform and hiding it from people's eyes. Because of...

Illustration of ideas (Niels Henrik David Bohr)

Niels Henrik David Bohr was not the ardent fan of fishing. However, together with friends or colleagues sometimes he took part in voyages on Baltic or trips to small picturesque rivers and lakes of Jutland formally motivated by fishing purposes. However Bohr considered such events only as opportunities to communicate with close people, breathe fresh air, admire natural landscapes and to think in conditions of country silence…

In early September of 1913...

Casual regularity (Alexander Fleming)

- Turn to me, I'll check how you look, – said Sara to her husband leaving for work. - Don't be offended but if I do not take care of your clothes, sooner or later it will become covered by the mold so loved by you!

- Yes, I know that it's you who makes me look like the respectable gentleman, - Alexander Fleming turned to his spouse and raised hands with a smile. - However don't be too caring - I after all, the bacteriologists know the...

Bringing to reason (Nicolaus Copernicus)

In the early XVI century the Heilsberg castle was a complex of massive towers connected by arched galleries and service buildings, surrounded by high walls and deep outer ditch. This residence of the Prince-Bishop of Warmia Lucas Watzenrode and settlements nearby were located on the beautiful plane by the Łyna river. The plane was surrounded by thick woods natural for the Eastern Prussia.

Citizens of Heilsberg, few in number, were under benevolent...

Improvisation (John Dalton)

As the secretary of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society, John Dalton was obliged to organize the collective leisure of members of this organization from time to time. John didn't hide that he wasn't happy with such duties, as many thinkers - members of the Lit & Phil, were characterized by the obvious originality, arrogance and even quarrelsome temper. Taking this into account, it seemed to be a very difficult task to offer such unusual and...

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