Abalonian gladiators

May 21, 2017


Yannick Noah in 1983.

“I have always considered tennis [abalone] as a fight in an arena between two gladiators who have their racquets [brains] and their courage as their weapons.”

Yannick Noah, French professional tennis player and singer (1960-)

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Abalone Academy

January 22, 2017

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“Wer von Geometrie nichts versteht, hat hier keinen Zutritt.”

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“Let none but geometers enter here.”

(Motto over the entrance to Plato’s Academy)

Plato, Greek philosopher (428/427 BCE – 348/347 BCE)

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1 marble (black): a point
2 marbles (black): a line
3 marbles (white): an equilateral triangle
4 marbles (white): a rhombus
5 marble (black): a trapezoid
6 marble (black): a rhomboid
7 marbles (white): a regular hexagon

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Art is long, life is short

February 14, 2016

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“Ὁ βίος βραχύς,
ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή,
ὁ δὲ καιρὸς ὀξύς,
ἡ δὲ πεῖρα σφαλερή,
ἡ δὲ κρίσις χαλεπή.”

(Ἱπποκράτης, ΑΦΟΡΙΣΜΟΙ, ΤΜΗΜΑ ΠΡΩΤΟΝ, 1)

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“Vita brevis,
ars longa,
occasio praeceps,
experimentum periculosum,
iudicium difficile.”

(Hippocrates, Aphorismi 1.1)

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“Life is short,
art is long,
opportunity is fleeting,
experience is perilous,
decision is difficult.”

(Aphorismi, section one, 1)

Hippocrates, Greek physician and philosopher (c. 460 BCE – c. 370 BCE)

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The measure of all things

January 11, 2015 blackribbon60

“Πάντων χρημάτων μέτρον άνθρωπο[ς]” *

Πρωταγόρας (Πλάτων, Θεαίτητος, 151e-152c)

* The human being is the measure of all things.

Protagoras, quoted by Plato in Theaetetus, 151e-152c
(in this dialogue, Socrates, talking to Theaetetus, quotes Protagoras)

 

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Illustration based on The Vitruvian Mana drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, around 1492.

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