Classics Calendar for February 15

Galileo's sketches of the moon from
Sidereus Nuncius (The Starry Messenger)

Here are today's milestones:



Born this on day:

Galileo Galilei (1564; died January 8, 1642) Italian astronomer; Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo (Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems); Sidereus Nuncius (The Starry Messenger)



Alfred North Whitehead (1861; died December 30, 1947) British mathematician and philosopher; A Treatise on Universal Algebra; Principia Mathematica; An Introduction to Mathematics; Science and the Modern World; Process and Reality



Ibuse Masuji (1898; died July 10, 1993) Japanese author; Sanshouo (Salamander and Other Stories); Kuroi Ame (Black Rain); Jon Manjiro Hyoryuki (John Manjiro, the Cast-Away: His Life and Adventures)



Iris Murdoch (1919; died February 8, 1999) English novelist and philosopher; Under the Net; The Black Prince; The Sea, the Sea



Died this on day:

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1781; born January 22, 1729) German writer, philosopher, dramatist, and art critic who wrote Laoco├Ân and Nathan the Wise



Richard Feynman (1988; born May 11, 1918) American scientist; The Feynman Lectures on Physics; memoirs Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! and What Do You Care What Other People Think?; The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist; The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman; Nobel Prize in Physics (1965)



Bonus Classic:

Zeami Motokiyo (c. 1363-c. 1443) Japanese noh playwright; Atsumori; Izutsu



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