An amusing story, the truth of which I am uncertain.Roger Bacon
was said to have built a mechanical head
that worked from a clockwork
like mechanism that could think
, but not speak
. Weary of hacking
for the night, he decided to go to sleep
, but he told his apprentice
to immediately wake
him up if the head did anything. A little later, the head spoke, and it said, "Time is.
" The apprentice
was too afraid
to wake Bacon
up, however, and so he didn't do anything about it. A bit after that, the head spoke again, saying, "Time was.
" Again, the apprentice
was much too afraid to awake his master. The head then spoke a third time, this time saying, "Time past.
" The head then proceeded to blow up. Finally, the apprentice
was freaked out enough to wake Bacon
up. Unfortunately, Bacon
could not repair the head, and it never worked in any capacity again.
What do you suppose Bacon
did to his apprentice
And the moral
of the story is: sleep
is the adversary
, and you should never trust anything important to your apprentice
(I know I never do).