" The excessive regard of parents for their children, and their dislike of other people's is, like class feeling, patriotism, save-your-soul-ism, and other virtues, a mean exclusiveness at bottom. "
Thomas Hardy

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Kepler Discovers Third Law of Planetary Motion

Johannes Kepler was a German mathematician who derived the three laws of planetary motion. His observations influenced Isaac Newton's later discovery of the laws of motion and universal gravitation. Kepler's first law states that the shape of each planet's orbit is an ellipse with the sun at one focus, and the second law describes the speed of a planet in terms of its distance from the sun. The third law establishes a relationship between a planet's average distance from the sun and what?



Minerva, Goddess of Wisdom

In Roman religion, Minerva was the goddess of wisdom and war, as well as of handicrafts and the arts. Probably of Etruscan origin, she was worshiped in various parts of ancient Rome, most notably with Jupiter and Juno in the great Capitoline temple. Her temple on the Aventine Hill was a meeting place for skilled artisans, actors, and writers. Minerva came to be identified with what Greek goddess?

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Tapio Rautavaara

The multitalented Tapio Rautavaara of Finland was successful and famous as an athlete, performance artist, and actor. He won the gold medal in javelin at the 1948 Summer Olympics and was also a top archer. He acted in numerous Finnish films, and his mellow, sentimental recordings can still be heard on Finnish radio today. His cover of what Johnny Cash song is a particular favorite?

Last updated on Thursday, 8th March 2007

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