"When Michael Faraday was working on electrolysis, he needed, as all scientists need, words.
What Faraday did was walk across campus to consult the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, the vastly accomplished Dr. William Whewell.
And Whewell would say, 'You ought to make these words out of Greek.'
Between them they came up with ion, electrode, anode, cathode.
The ghost of Heraclitus attended these sessions. He had said you can go either way on a road, up it or down it, anna the hodos or kata the hodos, contracting into anodos and kathodos.
One would like to hear these conversations, the continuation of Adam's naming the animals.”
[Image: Franz Kline, 1955]