If quarantine has touched you, then your nose is high. Some of the greatest achievements of science and art were achieved during the forcible captivity in the four walls. Serve our list as a reminder that you should not indulge in despair. Sleep more, read more and dedicate time to creative activity
The source Translation for Mixstuff – Evgeniya Yakovleva
The year has just begun, but it can be argued that the key phrase of this year will be “social isolation”. To prevent the spread of coronaviruses, governments cancel mass programs – from sports events to school lessons. Today, millions of people are forced to remain in quarantine.
If quarantine has touched you, then your nose is high. Some of the greatest achievements of science and art were achieved during the forcible captivity in the four walls. Serve our list as a reminder that you should not indulge in despair. Sleep more, read more and dedicate time to creative activity.
Alexander Pushkin is the “great bard” of Russian literature, and one of his most famous works is Eugene Onegin, dedicated to the life of a Petersburg aristocrat. In 1789, based on poetry, the great Russian composer Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky wrote an opera of the same name.
Being a capital dandy himself, Pushkin often turned to creativity during his illness. The outbreak of cholera in Moscow in the autumn of 1830 forced him to visit a country estate, where he retreated and wrote “Eugene Oneagin” and other outstanding works.
Diary of Samuel Pipps
Samuel Pipps, who lived in the 17th century, served as an officer in the Maritime Department and sat in the British Parliament. Today, Pipps is known as the author of the diary, which he kept from 1660 to 1669, and which is one of the most important documents from the time of the English Restoration.
In 1665, a pandemic epidemic affected London. Unlike most fellow citizens, Pipps did not panic, as he had met the Black Death in Amsterdam only two years earlier. In June 1965, Pipps wrote: “To my great concern, I heard that a plague had arrived in the city.” And adds, “God bless us all.”
Thanks to Pips’ pen, historians and scientists have been able to understand how the plague spread so quickly and caused so much tremendous damage. The main reason for this was the large number of city rats.
“Alexander, or the wrong prophet”
A native of the Roman province, the Assyrian Lucian of Samosa became famous as one of the greatest minds of the Roman Empire. One of his most famous works was “Alexander, or the wrong prophet.” In it, he mocks the occult and the Romans, who magically explain the events of life. Alexander, described in the title, was a prototype of a real man named Alexander Abonotsky. Not much is known about him except that he declared himself an healer.
His capacity was very high when 165 A.D. The Roman Empire was affected by a major epidemic called the Plague of Antoninus, or the Plague of Gallen. Most likely, the disease came from China along the Great Silk Road. Today, scientists believe it was measles or smallpox.
While the Romans sought self-untouched or salvation in magic, Lucian decided to ridicule a fake spiritual healer in his work.
“Magic Mountain” by Thomas Mann is considered one of the major works of German literature. She tells of the life of Hans Kastorp, a young businessman who decided to visit a cousin in an alpine tuberculosis sanatorium.
However, Hans’s health is deteriorating, and a short trip is delayed for seven years, during which he communicates with locals, reflecting the social decay of Europe after World War I.
Mann first knew of the sanatorium, as his wife Katya suffered from tuberculosis and was treated at a Swiss sanatorium, where Mann often visited him. While writing “The Magic Mountain” his comments to the sanatorium’s life came to his work.
On the maternal side, Deshil Hammet, the son of an old wealthy family, tried to stay out of school at the age of 13. In 1915, he found a private detective at the Pinkerton Detective Agency, where he worked until 1922. A few years later, he began writing detective stories, making extensive use of his experience to create images of Sam Spade and the operatives.
If he was not ill with tuberculosis while serving in the military during World War I, Hemet could never become a writer. Army doctors recognized his disability, and were handed a small pension. Thanks to this pension, as well as a part-time copywriter, he found time for literary works.
From 1892 to 1899, Chekhov lived in a secluded place at the Melikhovo Estate near Moscow, where he wrote many of his famous stories, including “Chamber Number 6” and “The Black Monk”.
During the cholera epidemic, he opened a medical center at his own expense, and also worked as a Gemstovo doctor. Unfortunately, he later had to quit his job as a doctor due to progressive tuberculosis, from which he died in 1904.
Today, Chekhav is considered one of the greatest writers of stories. Many of his stories were the result of medical experience gained during the cholera epidemic in the late 19th century.
Englishman John Milton was an MP, philosopher and politician. But he is better known to the world for his epic work “Lost Paradise” as a poet, dedicated to the overthrow of the war against Satan and God, heaven and humanity.
Many people know that in the process of writing poetry, Milton lost his eyesight. Between 1652 and 1667, he was forced to dictate on family members, friends and volunteers. While fleeing the Great Plague that hit London in 1665–66, Milton and his family moved to a country house in the village of Shalfont St Giles, where he finished his famous poem.
The pandemic is one of the world’s greatest works devoted to pandemics. The story of the 14th century book is dedicated to ten young aristocrats who flee the Black Death epidemic in a suburban estate from Florence. After being locked up here for several days, they tell each other a hundred stories, most of which are rather sad, though also comedic.
The author of The Decameron, Giovanni Boccacio, like his characters, happily survived the 14th-century Florentine epidemic, moving from city to city. Nevertheless, in 1348 he had much to see with his own eyes.
William Shakespeare’s entire life was largely epidemic. As a child, he was one of the few residents of Stratford-upon-Avon to survive the 1564 epidemic. Biographers believe that the association with the plague was a decisive event in his life and work.
The plague is found in many of Shakespeare’s works, including Romeo and Juliet. Furthermore, his creative activity increased in the years 1605–1606, when he wrote to King Lear, Macbeth, Anthony, and Cleopatra. It is possible that such productivity is associated with the plague prevailing in those years. Shakespeare prioritized creativity over empty nervous throws.
English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton is considered the discoverer of the laws of gravity. Without his discoveries, there could never have been knowledge of age.
In 1665, Newton studied at the University of Cambridge. That year, the university closed due to the Great Plague. Newton temporarily returned to the Wolstorp family property and began experimenting. Working in solitude, he first began to follow the laws of motion and gravity. After returning to Cambridge in 1667, he obtained a master’s degree, and then a professor.