Citrate and the Ostwald Limit

Elder Joseph Brackett, a member of the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake, wrote ‘Simple Gifts‘ in 1848. Although properly classified as a song (Shaker music was usually classified as anthem, hymn, or song), scholars believe it was a ‘dancing song’, or quick dance. Aaron Copeland offered it to the whole world in his ‘Appalachian Spring’ ballet and collection of ‘Old American Songs set for voice and piano’. He did not know its history, but his music reveals the powerful heartbeat of a dance inside the gentle melody of this beautiful Shaker song. The simple poetry celebrates the idea of a middle place, ‘the place just right’, which is the nature of a valley, a place of ‘love and delight’: A place between. Aristotle’s vision of the mean between extremes is perhaps … Continued

Potassium Citrate: The Contributions of Dr. Charles Pak

Even words themselves come and fade over time. See how, in English language books since 1800, science which once ranked no higher than poetry rose to ascendancy, while poetry itself dwindled below even medicine. The word is about 0.016% of all words in the books, meaning ‘science’ is used on average 16 times in every 10,000 words, poetry only 4 times. Surely there is some lesson here. Surely this graph says more than it shows. For reference, woman, man, love, God, war, all of these presently cluster around 0.02% to 0.05%. If you put in the names of Newton, Einstein, Planck, and Freud, the first of these has stayed constant for the 200 years at about 0.001%, about one half of the usage of the … Continued