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I found some secondary sources for the "don't disturb my circles" thing (I just googled the latin phrase): [1] njyoder 21:48, 21 October 2005 (UTC)

Adding to the above, I've written the image with the greek text on the above linked page into unicode: Μὴ μου τοὺς κύκλους τάραττε

The difference between that and what's already listed is that I added to accent grave marks over the first Eta and the Upsilon in the third word. I don't know which one is more correct, eventually I'll check with an expert. The difference may be due to something different between modern and ancient greek.

njyoder 01:39, 23 January 2007 (UTC) Does anybody know if "to measure is to know" is a misattribution? -- 20:58, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

Do not disturb my cycles[edit]

The last words of Archimedes "Μὴ μου τοὺς κύκλους τάραττε" can also be translated as "Do not disturb my thought process" metaphorically, since "κύκλος" can be a synonym for "λογισμός", which means "thought".


You probably know that, sorry if so, but be aware that accents not only might be needed syntactically, sometimes there are words differentiated only by an accent... meanings can change drastically. Maybe that's what you meant in your comment, if so then sorry again for the redundancy.

"To measure is to know" seems to be from Lord Kelvin. See this link, please:

There's a somewhat similar saying in management: "you cannot control what you don't measure" (just a digression, but might be a venue for further searches).