§768 The discovery of radioactivity and nuclear chain-reaction (1896-1939): I-27.

I-27 (§768):

The branches and leaves in a chainwork of an oak Gyes struck by Heaven,
Not far from there is hidden the treasure,
That had been clustered for long centuries,
Who shall have found it shall die: the eye burst by a spring.

(Dessoubz de chaine Guien du ciel frappe,
Non loing de la est caché le tresor,
Qui par longs siecles avoit este grappé,
Trouve moura: l'oeil crevé de ressort.)

NOTES: Dessoubz: = « dessousn. Underpart, underside, lower part, bottom; Wrong side (envers [verso, back]); Pl. Underclothing, underclothes; Fig. Mystery, the seamy side.» (Dubois); « dessousn. the face (overt side) of cards [the side with images and characters]; [the cards being put down face down]; [forestry] lower branches (of a tree).» (Ibuki).

Chaine: This word as well as chaisne in the Prophecies of Nostradamus (I-27, I-65, II-21, III-79bis, IV-84, VII-24 and IX-56) has always the meaning of chain (chaîne), and in this quatrain also that of oak (chêne).

Dessoubz de chaine: = The lower branches, the surface and the inner parts (underclothes and mystery) of an oak, namely all of its branches and leaves in a chainwork.

Guien: = the Greek « Γύης, Gyès, un des Géants aux cent bras (Gyes, one of the Giants with a hundred arms).» (Bailly); = the Latin « Gyās, a giant with a hundred arms.» (Smith-Lockwood). This is a prophetical and ingenious way of designating a nucleus of uranium having around it a large number of electrons corresponding to its many protons. The tree of an oak already on the scene suggests through its acorns this smallest globe of an atom, amazingly represented by a Giant who « symbolizes a telluric energy of great amplitude... We are therefore entitled to conclude that Nostradamus wishes to indicate by the name ‘Guien’ a gigantic force born of a matter, a nuclear energy.» (Ionescu, 1976, p.751-752). And the element of uranium has been introduced by the word ‘le ciel (Uranus, the heaven)’ as V. Ionescu used to explain so (Ionescu, 1976, p.752; 1993, p.153); « uranium n. [< Gk. ouranos heaven]» (Obunsha).

Dessoubz de chaine Guien (The branches and leaves in a chainwork of an oak Gyes): The phrase ‘The branches and leaves in a chainwork of an oak’ and the word ‘Gyes’ are in apposition, Gyes being imagined in this context as an oak of the sort, a truly gigantic figure.

Guien du ciel frappe: = Guien du ciel frappé = the atom of uranium struck by Heaven. This phrase supposes a story in mythology: « Nor were the heights of heaven more secure: Giants, it’s said, to win the gods’ domain, Mountain on mountain reared and reached the stars. Then the Almighty Father [Jupiter] hurled his bolt And shattered great Olympus and struck down High Pelion piled on Ossa. There they lay, Grim broken bodies crushed in huge collapse, And Earth, drenched in her children’s weltering blood, Gave life to that warm gore; and to preserve Memorial of her sons refashioned it In human form. But that new stock no less Despised the gods and relished cruelty, Bloodshed and outrage – born beyond doubt of blood.» (Ovid, 1986, I, 151-162.).  

The branches and leaves in a chainwork of an oak Gyes struck by Heaven: The verse in totality means the nuclear chain reaction, the meaning of the key word Gyes being at the same time a singular atom (an acorn) and the whole network of numberless atoms (an oak tree) of uranium.

There: = In the atom of uranium.

Not far from there is hidden the treasure: This treasure is physically the nuclear energy (E) emitted in the process of fission of a large nucleus with a certain mass (m1) into two smaller nuclei with a smaller sum of mass (m2), expressed in the formula: E = (m1-m2)c2, based upon Einstein’s theory of equivalence of mass and energy: E = mc2, where (m1-m2) is called ‘a mass defect’ and (m1-m2)c2 ‘a binding energy’. And this energy is not straightway in a large nucleus though not without it, disclosing itself only in the fission of the large nucleus into two smaller ones, namely in the transubstantiating process of the former’s collapse and the latter’s generation.

That had been clustered for long centuries: The heavier elements like gold, silver, uranium, etc. are said to be created in the explosion of a supernova, the last stage of evolution of massive stars, of which the greatest being with a shortest lifetime of about 2.7 million years (Nomoto and Williams, 1997, p.154 and p.131), which is to be the least of the said ‘long centuries’.

Trouve moura
: = Trouvé mourra = Qui l’aura trouvé mourra (who shall have found it shall die).

l'oeil (the eye): The white of the eye suggesting the leukocyte of blood.

Ressort (spring): = Radioactive rays.

Trouve moura: l'oeil crevé de ressort (who shall have found it shall die: the eye burst by a spring): A Polish scientist in France Marie Curie (1867-1934) who had studied deeper, after the discovery of radiation of uranium by Becquerel in 1896, and confirmed more the phenomena of radioactivity of uranium, thorium, polonium and radium (the new term radioactivity was her creation) shall die of leukemia, her leukocytes had been damaged because of her quotidian exposition to radioactive rays in her lifetime study in laboratory (cf.
Trémolières III, p.309).

Nuclear fission and chain reaction: « 1939Nuclear Fission was discovered by a German physico-chemist Otto Hahn (1879-1968) and Nuclear Chain Reaction by a Hungarian physicist in USA Leo Szilard (1898-1964).» (Asimov, 1996, pp.352, 404-405); « Szilard drafted (1939) a letter of Einstein recommending the President of USA to exploit atomic bombs.» (Iwanami’s biographical dictionary, Compl., p.94).

The first nuclear reactor (Chicago Pile 1): « 1942. The idea of Szilard about the nuclear chain reaction had not been put into practice, while, in 1941, it started the Manhattan Project – exploitation of atomic bombs, and Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) was charged with the Project aiming at the realization of such a chain reaction... On December 2, 1942, 3:45 p.m., in the squash court at the University of Chicago, the chain reaction became self-sustaining and was stopped. It has just started the atomic age. This reactor was the first nuclear one.» (Asimov, id., p.412).
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Koji Nihei Daijyo

Author:Koji Nihei Daijyo
We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 218 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§948).

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