Education: Sub Specie Aeternitatis

In 1632 a longheaded Jewish baby was born in Amsterdam. His life, which remained in him until 1677, was as uneventful as it was contemplative. Others strove, he mused. He was fond of saying he viewed things sub specie aeternitatis (from the viewpoint of eternity). Last week Holland began a seven-day demonstration of the 250th anniversary of his death. They unveiled and wreathed a tombstone at the Hague. Queen Wilhelmina sent a representative. Though their hero had refused to teach in any university, 60 institutions sent emissaries. Curator Oko of the world's...

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