Chad Mazzola lives in Cambridge, MA and designs products for the web.

Nevertheless, throughout this entire pilgrimage, as reflected in his religious and philosophical thinking, man’s technological triumphs have frequently been at odds with his hunger for psychological composure and peace. Thus the epic journey of modern science is a story at once of tremendous achievement, loneliness, and terror. Odysseus’ passage through the haunted waters of the eastern Mediterranean symbolizes, at the start of the Western intellectual tradition, the sufferings that the universe and his own nature impose upon homeward-yearning man.