Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
The Science-history of the Universe, Volume 1
'Much of the mysticism attaching to figures found expression in the superstition that the Christian era could not possibly run into four figures. Hence the end of the world was looked for by many of the inhabitants of Europe when the year 1000 approached. So widespread was this belief that husbandry and toil were neglected. When a comet appeared the feeling was strengthened. Nothing remarkable occurred, however, beyond the natural consequences of such wholesale neglect of the proper care of the soil. Famine and pestilence in succeeding years were the result.' - Science History of the Universe.
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