May 27
Kepler finishes Harmony of the World.
Descartes writes to Mersenne, “to comprehend is to embrace thought, to know a thing it is enough to touch
it with the thought”.

Later the same day, Descartes writes to Mersenne,
“God was free to leave the world uncreated”.
Goethe writes, “I think it is true that humanism will triumph at last; only I fear that the world will at the same time be a vast hospital, where each will be his fellow man’s humane sick-nurse.”
Nelly Sachs writes to Paul Celan, “my disquiet is great”.

Mike Schertzer appears... and tries, for the first time,
to say something.