The Thread Holding the Cosmos Together

Seneca presents his studies in physics as giving meaning to his life and allowing him a perspective that goes beyond the confines of his own body: ‘If I had not been allowed access to these fields, it would not have been worth it to be born.’ (Natural Questions 1. Pref 4.) The study of science is not, for Seneca, motivated by merely practical considerations; it is a source of spiritual regeneration and redemption.
Very strange, very wonderful, seemingly very improbably phenomena may yet appear which, when once established, will not astonish us more than we are now astonished at all that science has taught us during the last century… Those amazing truths that our descendants will discover are even now all around us, staring us in the eyes, so to speak; and yet we do not see them.
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