(14-01-2013 09:00 PM)Nappa Wrote: If you can recollect things about your past that you previously didn't understand but now you do please feel free to share them here.
When I was in first grade or so I was first exposed to how Eratosthenes measured the circumference of the earth using nothing but sticks and stones. Needless to say I was baffled. I don't know exactly when or how I was first presented his mathematical concept but I do know that I was young, and that I was still in grade school.
All I can really recall was about a man who lived roughly 2,000 years ago being able to measure the earth using sticks and stones. I think what may have inspired my teacher might have been Carl Sagan's cosmos. Although I'd have to say that Carl Sagan did a much better job of explain it. That or I was fucking retarded as a child. Especially if I was in first grade which I might have been. You can not expect a first grader to understand anything beyond simple additions in math! Or rather I know at the time that was all I was taught.
I understand where you are coming from on this one. It took me a long time to understand. The thing that helped me was wrapping my mind around someone was able to do it without technology and with religion fighting everything scientific. Once I just accepted that someone did it, I was able to understand how.