Prologue

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The Mythical Bed of Procrustes (with Tailoring Tools)

A Cautionary Tale: The Bed of Procrustes

In the ancient world of the Greeks, there were gods and goddesses, demi-gods and heroes. The normal Greeks were quite entertained by the antics of these divine and semi-divine creatures, and followed them in their spare time (when they weren’t creating democracy, mathematics, astronomy, history, and all manner of interesting things we occasionally use and appreciate today). There is a wealth of literature on the gods and goddesses, but we are interested in only one minor miscreant, who provides a wonderful metaphor for one of the main reasons ...

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