We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A big h/t to our Yankee friend Viking for finding this piece about Archimedes' ventures into calculus and his use of infinity - or at least "potential infinity" - in solving the math of the area inside a curve.
Kudos to the wealthy buyer of that book, and for his efforts - and to the folks who do the sort of work described in the article to reveal the original manuscript. Just amazing.
By the way, remember this old limerick?
One morning while eating my Wheaties, I felt the earth move 'neath my feeties. The cause for alarm Was a long lever-arm, At the end of which grinned Archimedes.