one of my all-time favorite quotes by the husband of Mary Shelley after watching the same demonstration of bioelectricity that inspired her to write Frankenstein… As a personal correction, it is directly taken from the poem Queen Mab, and here is a link to the poem in its entirety: http://www.marxists.org/archive/shelley/1813/queen-mab.htm
“The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys, for power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whate’er it touches and obedience, bane of all genius, virtue, freedom and truth, makes slaves of men, and of the human frame, a mechanized automation.” – Percy Bysshe Shelley
September 4, 2013 at 9:32 PM
Oh, I LOVE P Shelley, esp The Cloud. In case you’re interested, I mention the art of mathematics in my latest post.
September 4, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I will check it out 🙂 mathematics is a difficult art to learn and master, but it is one of my favorites 🙂