Just as the daylight was fading

In Summa Theologica, Thomas Aquinas distinguished « the vice of curiosity » from « studiousness » as the reason is studiously focused on the object. Although « the knowledge of truth is good in itself, this does not prevent a man from misusing the knowledge of truth for an evil purpose, or from desiring the knowledge of truth inordinately.»1

However, from an etymological viewpoint, the word « curiosity » has not a pejorative connotation. It is a derivation of « cura » (Latin) which means « to take care of something ». The curious person cares.2 In Trévoux dictionary, « curiosity » is composed of attention, desire and the passion of knowledge, « curiosus, cupidus, studiosus ».Curiosity motivates the desire of knowledge as much as it helps to apprehend the world, Read more…

Focus / Thomas Baumann

In his treatise Principles of movement and equilibrium as an introduction to mechanics and physics, Jean Trabaud defines the equilibrium as « the state of many forces and powers which act ones against the others in such a way that everything remains at rest »1, and thereby suggests Read more…