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20 April 2006 @ 02:17 pm
I'm going somewhere with this  
The bodily humors and various associations

And charts of the elements from various cultures

This journal does also serve as a link dump for me, though most will be long undefined lists in private entries, I'll only share what I think might be of general interest.
owlmirror36 on April 22nd, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
Speaking of humours, there is Richard Garfinkle's Celestial Matters.

It posits an alternate history where Aristotelean science is true (there are indeed humours, and medicine based upon them appears to work). The Hellenic Empire has expanded into space, and found that the planets are indeed embedded in celestial spheres (navigating through/around the spheres is part of space travel). It's kinda wacky, but it works, I think, because the human story is more important than the "tech".

Amazon lets you view excerpts and search inside the book.

I supplicate myself before Apollo of the poets and before the Muses. I ask them to fill me, a weak-voiced scientist, with their gifts so that I may in their honor adorn the tale I must tell with beauty, yet in it say nothing but the truth.
dicebox on April 22nd, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
Wow, that looks like a great book, I'm very intrigued that someone actually built a story operating in that scientific theory. And that there is a strong human story makes it even more compelling to me.

I'm definitely going to try to reserve Powell's only copy as soon as they open. Thanks for pointing it out!

I look to old and alternate theories of how the world works as mental touchstones, something I plan to on about in a bit here.