Re: Gil Kalai
If I remember my long ago readings well enough, Jimmy the Ancient Greek could lay odds as well as any modern bookmaker on the outcomes of Olympic contests, but that was not really the point of Zeno’s humble homilies. Read in philosophical context, they had to do with a contention between two schools of thought about the relation of eternal being to secular becoming. Followers of Parmenides like Zeno would say that whatever it is that really is, is one, eternal, and unchanging. They would not be impressed that it took us a couple of millennia to “save the appearances” of change, since the appearances are only illusions anyway.