August 30, 2022 Subject:
The Quest Begins
The first act returns to the eastern Mediterranean in the times of the Eqyptians, and how the discovery of the touchstone leads to the dawn of economics, while the discovery of astronomy's link to the earthly seasons leads to national politics and the concept of national patron religions. The historical hopscotch takes us to the Library of Alexandria and Ptolemy's star atlas, then the rise of piracy that disrupted trade in the eighth Century CE, then the Age of Discovery around the reign of Elizabeth I. The magnetic compass leads to discoveries about magnetism and electricity and vacuums...and weather...and radio...and radioactivity. And all this culminates in--the atom bomb.