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By Edmund T. Whittaker

Very good remedy of Electrodynamics and Relativity idea from a decent old standpoint. Whittaker's perspectives are suppressed simply because he was once courageous adequate to inform the reality concerning the real contributions of Einstein to the Relativity thought (properly attributed to Poincaré and Lorentz).

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Some believed the disease was spread by sympathy, and held that unwitting onlookers often found themselves possessed by the dancing mania. Saint Vitus’ Dance was first seen in Germany in 1347, and spread to France and the Netherlands, then to Scotland. In Italy it was called “tarantism,” after the tarantula whose bite was believed to cause it. It was treated with music, which helped soothe the victims, but elsewhere, treatments were often harsh. Victims were beaten, jumped on, dunked under cold water, and squeezed with huge tourniquets.

The discoloration was caused by a less than normal rainfall at the Nile source, and that in turn meant the annual summer flooding of the lower Nile in Egypt was much less than usual. For Egyptian farmers, who depended heavily on the floods to replenish topsoil and to provide much-needed water, this resulted in parched fields and ruined crops. As the year 1200 wore on, famine set in and hunger began to drive people to more and more desperate measures. They started eating dogs, then carrion, and then each other.

Along with this bizarre behavior, Caligula also became increasingly obsessed with killing for pleasure. He referred to Rome as “the city of necks waiting for me to chop them,” and his favorite method of execution was killing victims slowly by inflicting countless small stab wounds. d. 41, Caligula’s guards assassinated him and his wife, and beat his infant daughter to death. ” 64: Great Fire of Rome. d. ” Every contemporary Roman source blames Nero for instigating the fire that broke out the evening of July 19, two days after Nero had left Rome for Antium twenty-seven miles away.

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