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created Apr 23rd, 16:55 by USMANAWAN2



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We learned to see, at long last. Partway through the millennium,
we figured out how to shape and polish glass so as to see far and
to see small, and we dug into dead languages of previous
millenniums to name our new aids to seeing-telescope,
microscope, spectroscope, spectrophotometer, spectroheliograph
and, eventually, television. We figured out the art, the geometry
and the semantics of perspective. No wonder our superheroes had
X-ray vision; so did we. And infrared vision, and ultraviolet vision,
and gamma-ray vision and nuclear-magnetic-resonant vision. We
extended our sight far beyond the tiny spectrum our unaided eyes
could handle, from violet to red. We looked out, and we looked
inside. We saw where earth is and what humans are (if not quite
who we are). We noticed quasars and we noticed viruses.
Surprise! "In all falling rain, carried from gutters into water-butts,
animalcules are to be found. in all kinds of water, standing in the
open air, animalcules can turn up," noted Anton van
Leeuwenhoek, the first man to observe bacteria. We figured out
some things about color and space. "To myself," Isaac Newton
remarked modestly, "I seem to have been only like a boy playing
on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding amoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great
ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." Then-and perhaps
most important of all-we learned to see faster. Our sight expanded
into the fourth dimension. It started innocently enough, with
mundane items like railroad scheduling charts and weather
histograms: new graphical representations of time. "Here is a
popular scientific diagram, a weather record," said a famous
fictional character, the Time Traveler of H. G. Wells, explaining the
fourth dimension years before mathematicians and physicists had
worked out the details. "This line I trace with my finger shows the
movement of the barometer. Surely the mercury did not trace this
line in any of the dimensions of Space generally recognized?" The
hero of "The Time Machine" was a time traveler who used ivory
levers and quartz rods. But Wells also invented another kind of
time traveler, a Professor Gibberne, hero of a little-known story
published at the turn of the century under the title "The New
Accelerator." Professor Gibberne is a time traveler on drugs-really
preparing no less than the absolute acceleration of life."

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