‘just the facts’

in ‘man, the sky, and the elephant: on pliny’s natural history’  (italo calvino, patrick creagh trans., the nature reader, 61) calvino writes ‘pliny always sticks to [what he considers] the facts. he does not hold with an infinite number of worlds because the nature of this world is already hard to understand, and infinity would scarcely solve the problem (ii. 4). nor does he believe in the music of the spheres … because ‘for us who are in it, the world glides around both day and night in silence (ii. 6)’ ‘

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