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Lafcadio Hearn
(27 Jun 1850 - 26 Sep 1904)

Japanese writer who was born in Greece to an Irish father and Greek mother. He moved at age 19 to America, where is took a series of newspaper jobs. He was sent to Martinique on assignment (1887-89), and went to Japan in 1890, where he became a Japanese citizen in 1895. He wrote many books there inspired by his new home.

Science Quotes by Lafcadio Hearn (4 quotes)

I do not like to see all the fine boys turning to the study of law, instead of to the study of science or technology. … Japan wants no more lawyers now; and I think the professions of literature and of teaching give small promise. What Japan needs are scientific men; and she will need more and more of them every year.
— Lafcadio Hearn
In letter to Masanobu Ōtani (1894), collected in Elizabeth Bisland The Writings of Lafcadio Hearn (1922), Vol. 14, 273.
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I feel like a white granular mass of amorphous crystals—my formula appears to be isomeric with Spasmotoxin. My aurochloride precipitates into beautiful prismatic needles. My Platinochloride develops octohedron crystals,—with fine blue florescence. My physiological action is not indifferent. One millionth of a grain injected under the skin of a frog produced instantaneous death accompanied by an orange blossom odor. The heart stopped in systole. A base—L3H9NG4—offers analogous reaction to phosmotinigstic acid.
— Lafcadio Hearn
In letter to George M. Gould (1889), collected in Elizabeth Bisland The Writings of Lafcadio Hearn (1922), Vol. 14, 89.
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I was reading in an article on Bizet not long ago that music has ceased to be an art and has become a science—in which event it must have a mathematical future!
— Lafcadio Hearn
In letter to H.E. Krehbiel (1887), collected in Elizabeth Bisland The Writings of Lafcadio Hearn (1922), Vol. 14, 8.
Science quotes on:  |  Art (205)  |  Article (15)  |  Becoming (13)  |  Future (229)  |  Mathematics (587)  |  Music (66)  |  Reading (51)  |  Science (1699)  |  Science And Art (157)

It has just occurred to me to ask if you are familiar with Lissajous’ experiments. I know nothing about them except what I found in Flammarion’s great “Astronomie Populaire.” One extraordinary chapter on numbers gives diagrams of the vibrations of harmonics—showing their singular relation to the geometrical designs of crystal-formation;—and the chapter is aptly closed by the Pythagorian quotation: Ἀεὶ ὁ θεὸς ὁ μέγας γεωμετρεῖ—“God geometrizes everywhere.” … I should imagine that the geometry of a fine opera would—were the vibrations outlined in similar fashion—offer a network of designs which for intricate beauty would double discount the arabesque of the Alhambra.
— Lafcadio Hearn
In letter to H.E. Krehbiel (1887), collected in Elizabeth Bisland The Writings of Lafcadio Hearn (1922), Vol. 14, 8.
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  • Lafcadio Hearn's Japan: An Anthology of His Writings on the Country and Its People, by Lafcadio Hearn and Donald Richie (ed.). . - book suggestion.

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