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This first convergence came together initially in the small region of southern Germany around medieval Niirnberg and Augsburg. Home to skilled mechanics, the towns were already producing some of the best astronomical instruments available in Europe. An 46 AFTER THOUGHT exceptionally promising young scientist growing up in the region, Johannes Muller had access to instruction in astronomy unavailable in most parts of Europe. Miiller continued his training in Italy and acquired the Latin name Regiomontanus, by,which he appears in the history books.

They require the expressive capabilities of the draw program. The potential influence of these changes in technology is immense. It was only during the five hundred years of the printing press that we came to believe that numbers were the way to express both times and computations. Imagine that, a hundred years from now, the Smithsonian Museum's replica of the fourteenth-century di Dondi clock is displayed next to its twentieth-century Cray'M supercomputer. Will visitors view them both in the same bemused way?

The reason the Greeks were successful in mathematically orienting themselves in their universe, but not in physically moving the earth, was that the reference point did not have to be real to be effective. It was enough to create a fictional reference. As Friedrich Nietzsche noted more than two thousand years later, we can compute our way forward once we have that starting point: No more fiction for us: we calculate; but that we may calculate, we had to make fiction first. 1 Inventing a new fiction is hard, which is why we often recycle old ones, as computer scientists are now doing with the Internet.

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