Magazine October 31, 2011, Issue

Null, Spacy

The Levitated Mass stone (AP)

Moving stones from one place to another is an ancient human pastime. For thousands of years, it’s all they had to do. You can build an astrological observatory with religious uses, such as Stonehenge; you can command the people to construct immense pyramids to celebrate and entomb the gods who walk among men — and if you supply beer, as the Egyptians did, even better. Stones were moved to create buildings or fortifications, bring water from the mountains to the splashing fountains of ancient Rome. Visit Florence, and be awed: A Renaissance man had only the wheel, a chisel, a

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