Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Window To The Past

Courthouse window, Colonial Williamsburg.
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"Philosophy is written in this grand book -- I mean the universe -- which stands continually open to our gaze, but it cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth." ~ Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
I loved the shape of this window high in the courtroom; its oval shape and design. Wavy glass panes reveal its age. In this place one can almost go back in time and imagine coming before the court of our peers; wealthy, male, landowners. Well, at the time they were the only ones who could spare the time to volunteer for jury duty. As you sit here you wonder, how did they manage to get people from thirteen colonies, with different countries of origin; different needs and wants to come together in a new government. Amazing.

Submission for LensDay topic "geometric". (end of post)

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