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Snakes and Planets

2011 December 12

Every time there's an eclipse, as my neighbour very religiously bathes four times, chants his mantras and performs the various rituals associated with this, most inauspicious of occult events, I, equally religiously, am usually to be found on my terrace, with camera mounted on tripod, trying to catch the event on SD card. This time, rather than just put up a series of images, I thought I'd write a few words on the perception of eclipses and the hows and whys of them.

Earlier, I stopped with the creation of a true zero by Brahmagupta. Now, I have to close the circle and take us back into Europe (last seen dismissing the possibility of something being nothing), a journey that goes through Baghdad, and to an author most known for love poetry, not the poetry of numbers!