See this about Mario Livio. I am one of his very many Facebook friends. He is one heck of a cool guy.He wrote the following on his Facebook page the other day.. I like it very much.
What we refer to as "history", really started at the cognitive (or, "language") revolution. That's when humans started to distinguish themselves from other animals.
Given the huge importance of language, I was therefore very amused to read the following description in Dickens's "Dombey and Son":
"There was no light nonsense about Miss Blimber…She was dry and sandy with working in the graves of deceased languages. None of your live languages for Miss Blimber. They must be dead - stone dead - and then Miss Blimber dug them up like a Ghoul."