… after Aristotle observed that one swallow doth not a Spring make, Theophrastus set to work on a treatise entitled “On the Number of Swallows Needed to Make a Spring”…

Theophrastus, in whose honour this blog is named, was a student of Aristotle, and an unsung hero of science, succeeding his teacher at the Lyceum.

He studied metaphysics, logic, language and the natural sciences, particularly cosmology, botany and meteorology, stretching some of Aristotle’s ideas to their elastic limit, as his swallow thesis illustrates. Evidently, his work “On Stones” tells us that he liked rocks, too..

He also wrote the work “On Winds” (“De Ventis”), and to this day Greeks say that a less-than-serious discussion is “On winds and on water.” Make of that, as it relates to this blog, what you will…