Monday, May 07, 2007

A Question:

Did the phrase "opposites attract" carry any weight, or even seem meaningful, before the discovery of the principles of magnetism?

1 Comments:

Blogger Scantron said...

Well, Plato used to say the opposite: like attracts like. But he talked about magnets, too! Like in the "Ion," where the muses are conceived of as "one of those rocks from Magnesia" whose power is strung through a series of rings, the first being the poet, then the poetic interpreter, then the audience. Very different idea. Good question.

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