A Brief History of Time
Quote from Raymond Fowler's "The Watchers"
If we compress the two to three million years of Man's existence onto the format of a normal January through December twelve month calendar, agriculture would not begin until December 28! Man's historical era, a brief six to ten thousand years, would be nestled in the last two days of the year! Let's take a note of what has happened thus far on December 31.
During the early morning hours, Babylon, China and Rome rose and fell.
Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle lived around 9:30 a.m.
Man's history rolled on through the afternoon hours into the evening.
At 8:57 p.m., Columbus discovered America.
At 9:16 p.m., Copernicus proved that the earth orbited the sun.
At 10:27 p.m. Watts perfected the steam engine.
At 11:09 p.m., Darwin formulated the theory of evolution.
At 11:21 p.m., Fermi split the atom.
At 11:41 p.m., man developed the airplane, the liquid fuel rocket, the artificial satellite, and the manned spacecraft.
At 11:49 p.m., Man landed on the moon.
It is now about 11:50 p.m. The science technology curve is climbing straight up. What's next on Man's agenda?
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