New Math

Just heard on PBS – Rick Steves on the history of San Gimignano: “A plague decimated the town, reducing its population by two thirds.”

3 Responses to New Math

  1. Lori June 25, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    I assume you’ve read Deborah Natsios’ travelogue and history of San Gimignano…

    http://cryptome.org/cartome/reverse-panopticon.htm

  2. Ashton June 25, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    Roman commander would kill off one tenth of a group of soldiers to make an example out of insubordinate or undisciplined behavior.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimation_(Roman_army)

    It’s nice to have somewhat of a classical education…

  3. Ashton June 25, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Ugh, oh yeah: ‘nice’ comes from the Latin nescius (< nescīre), which means "ignorant, silly."

    It can also be foolish to just have a somewhat classical education.

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