Amateur Telescope Making by Albert G. Ingalls

By Albert G. Ingalls

Definitive e-book on beginner telescope making. comprises plans and thought on various types. matters lined: Newtonian Telescope replicate Making; Optical trying out; Workshop knowledge; and Observatory structures.

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But how does one test this vision of disembodied souls shopping around for an appropriate foetus in which to be reborn? Whatever it is that is asserted to survive death—memory, personality, or body—there are manifest difficulties. But if none of these survives, that creates another difficulty: for if neither memory, nor personality, nor body is reborn, what is left to be reborn? A solution to this problem is surely not beyond human ingenuity. The falsity of the belief in the ‘soul’ has not been readily conceded, but the scientist would hence dismiss the notion of ‘soul’ as meaningless, since irrefutable—because the believer refuses to admit any conceivable circumstance in which the belief might be false.

In their celebrated book,28 The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime, Hawking and Ellis (H&E) stand with Augustine, in a time outside the universe, to watch Sisyphus’ nightmare applied to a ‘suitable rocketship’, which repeats its history in travelling around a closed loop in time. Augustine’s moral revulsion is substituted by logical revulsion: travelling back in time could lead to logical paradoxes, for ‘arriving back before one’s departure, one could prevent oneself from setting out in the first place’.

2) The cycles in question, whether of time or in time, were only approximate: the cosmos was believed to be only quasi-recurrent. Each day was much like the preceding, but not exactly like it. Hence, deliverance from life after death was believed to be possible. 34 THE ELEVEN PICTURES OF TIME Many early symbols of recurrence show the belief in the possibility and the desirability of deliverance from life after death. The Wheel of Ages or the Wheel of Fortune or the Wheel of Time (kâlacakra) provides another analogy for a quasi-recurrent cosmos: the Ashoka Chakra on the Indian flag and currency refers to this symbol of ‘cyclic’ time in Buddhist architecture.

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