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Part 9:

Abraham Lincoln - Tris Megistus and the Philosopher's Stone -
The S.E.T.I. project - Le Havre by Claude Monet - An intermetallic (or bimetallic?) component... - Thomas Edison

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Abraham Lincoln:

Dialogue taken from episode 24...

{Nadia} First off, we have to name this paradise of the South Seas.
{Nadia} I've been up all night, mulling it over.
{Jean} What're you going to call it?
{Nadia} Lincoln Island.
{Marie} "Lincoln Island?"
{Jean} That's the American president who freed those slaves, right?
{Nadia} Yep.

As Jean reminds, Lincoln was the American president who abolished slavery in United States, endorsing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

[Very] Brief biography:

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, near Hodgenville, Kentucky and he ended his life shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, dying on April 15, 1865 inWashington, D.C.

Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, guided his country through the most devastating experience in its national history: the civil war. For his achievements and his martyrdom just at the war's end, he is considered by many historians to have been the greatest American president.

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Tris Megistus and the Philosopher's Stone:

Dialogue taken from episode 31:

{Robot} As a result, their cities on this planet were destroyed. Finally, those few Atlanteans who survived founded a new country on the continent of Pangea 2. But that country also was destroyed in a conflict. Destroyed by the power of Tris Megistus, the one you are the heir of.
{Nadia} Tris Megistus?
{Robot}Once, it was called the Philosopher's Stone.

Tris Megistus? Oh, perhaps...Of course! It refers to Hermes Trismegistos (Tris+Megistus), the ideal founder of alchemy and its Philosopher's Stone!

Joseph Wright, "The Alchemist in Search of the Philosophers Stone" - 1771 If, in "Nadia", Hermes Trismegistos is intended as an ancient character of Atlantean history, he could be compared to the "official" Hermes Trismegistos as he's described in some old encyclopedias: Hermes, in fact, according to the myth, tried to surpass the mankind in order to reach the divine status through the knowledge of the "ermetic" doctrine.

In this case, Hermes Trismegistos would be quite similar to Gargoyle and both recall the original sin: the human pride, grown proud by the knowledge, that challanges the divinity.

And the Philosopher's stone? The fundamental concept of alchemy stemmed from the Aristotelian doctrine that all things tend to reach perfection. Alchemists believed gold to be the perfect metal; that's why they sought to fabricate or discover a substance, the so-called Philosopher's stone, that could be used to bring the baser metals up to the perfection of gold.

Other sources report that the ermetic doctrine shouldn't be ascribed to a man but to "Hermes the god". In this case, the origin of the name "Trismegistos" would be an ancient Egyptian god called Thot.

[Thanks to Erik and Wotan]

Waiting for a message from a tower of Babel?

In 2001, the S.E.T.I. (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) project has started. The scientists are scanning about 300 stars which could feature Earth-like planets in search of powerful light signals from extraterrestrial intelligent creatures. In fact, hypotetical advanced civilizations could have sent kind of laser signals to the Solar System.

In other words, we are waiting for signals from a Tower of Babel JJ

[Article taken from "Focus" -italian edition- Feb2002]

Le Havre by Claude Monet:

Claude Monet, "Impression: sunset" Two of Claude Monet's most famous paintings "Impression: sunrise" and "Impression: sunset" show the port of Le Havre!

Knowing Anno's passion for art (do you remember Neo's throne hall and Elektra's bedroom, don't you? J) maybe it's not a coincidence that Jean lives there...You know, perhaps they had to choose a harbour-town from where the boy could start his journey to Paris by his ship, and....

[Thanks to Wotan]

An intermetallic (or bimetallic?) component...

In episode 31, Hanson is sit down wondering about the real nature of the island.

Interesting how his notes aren't just a series of scribbles (as it often happens in anime and cartoons) but Gainax staff tried to make them more realistic.

In fact, as you can see from the image on the left (which I tried -unsuccessfully- to make more readable...), there are a lot of words in capital letters, but only "Intermetallic Compo" can be easily read. According to the image in the left page, it seems a status graph of a bimetallic compound (in a few words, a graph which shows how the fusion point of a compound varies according to the % of the two components)

At this point, "intermetallic" (and not "bimetallic") can be a mistake...Or, at least, "intermetallic" refers to the relations between (inter-) two or more components.

Thomas A. Edison:

Dialogue taken from episode 26...

{Jean}I am really an...
{Nemo}Do not give up.
{Jean}Captain Nemo!
{Nemo}Today's mistakes lead tomorrow's success.
{Nemo}Have strong will and faith, and find the possibility.
{Jean}Captain Nemo.
{Nemo}Great inventions are made of 99% efforts and 1% intuition.
{Nemo}It's the word of Thomas Edison, the great inventor in the U.S.
{Nemo}You can turn Nadia's dream into reality with these words in your mind.

Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio. He died on October 18, 1931, at his estate, Glenmont, in West Orange, New Jersey.

He was one of the most famous and prolific inventors of all time, exerting a tremendous influence on modern life, contributing inventions such as the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera, as well as improving the telegraph and telephone (though he was almost dief ! J). In his 84 years, he acquired 1,093 patents !!! Thomas A. Edison, 1878. Photo courtesy of U. S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, Edison National Historic Site

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