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January 20, 2015

Socrates in Ancient Greek

Socrates began his discourse by asking a question: „ When someone wishes to build the proper house, must he make it as pleasant to live in and as useful it can be?“ After his students answered in the affirmative, the master then asked, „ Is it not pleasant to have the house cool in summer and warm in winter?“

And when the student assented to this as well, Socrates then closed the discussing by affirming,

„Now in houses with a southern orientation, the sun’s rays penetrate into the covered porches, but in summer the path of the sun is right over our heads and above the roof, so we have shade…”.

Source: Presentation by Hendrik Voll and Let it shine The 600 year story of solar energy, J. Perlin