Sunday, April 08, 2018



Nicolaus Steno (1638-1686), "Preface to Anatomical Demonstrations in the Copenhagen Theatre in the Year 1673," in Nicolaus Steno: Biography and Original Papers of a 17th Century Scientist. Edited and Translated by Troels Kardel and Paul Maquet (Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2012), pp. 679-684 (at 682):
Beautiful is what we see, more beautiful what we know, but by far the most beautiful is what we do not know.
The Latin:
Pulchra sunt quae videntur, pulchriora quae sciuntur, longe pulcherrima quae ignorantur.

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