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Monday, August 10, 2009

This day in history

Wondering around the internet, I came across this tidbit from RedOrbit:
Today in History: Ferdinand Magellan Sets Sail to Circumnavigate Globe (1519).
Sure enough, BrainyHistory confirmed:
August 10, 1519 in History
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Event:

Magellan's 5 ship set sail to circumnavigate Earth
Well, in the book "Ferdinand Magellan" by Elaine Landau there is this 16th Century painting:

that shows what people visualize as ocean and waves some 600 years ago. I always wonder if those early explorers ever encounter freaque waves. I am sure they must have, it's just that along with all kinds of other hazards of the world they have also faced, freaque waves probably were not be that important to document -- or they may just regard it as an integral part of the ocean they simply took it for granted. Come to think of it, freaque waves are always part of the ocean world, it's only when scientists started to understand the ocean surface, they just managed to ignore those unmanageable things and simplify everything to suit the human mind and pretend that they now understand them which in fact they really don't -- far from it!

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