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Alfonso X of Castile

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Si hubiera estado presente en la Creación, habría dado algunas indicaciones útiles.
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Had I been present at the Creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.
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After studying Ptolemy's treatise on astronomy.; reported in Thomas Carlyle, History of Frederick the Great, book ii. chap. vii. Carlyle wrote that this saying of Alfonso about Ptolemy's astronomy, "that it seemed a crank machine; that it was pity the Creator had not taken advice," is still remembered by mankind, — this and no other of his many sayings.

 
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