- Not Just in the Past
"Over the years, I've become conscious
that the process of discovery occurs instantaneously like a sudden
flash. Of course, discovery is the culmination of immense pre-paration
with the synthesis of both conscious and unconscious thought.
It occurs when the mind and memory have accumulated an enormous
quantity of fragmented knowledge and then instantly, somehow,
everything falls into place. It happens spontaneously. You can't
predict the moment it will take place. It suddenly dawns on you
that you know something that no one else in the world has ever
known before. What can I say? Nothing can compare with the profound
exhilaration of that moment."
"I'm convinced that the epoch of great discoveries lies
ahead. It is not confined to the past. The fact that something
doesn't exist today doesn't mean that this has always been the
case. It just means that we must set our hearts and minds to
Zaza Alexidze is Director
of the Institute of Manuscripts in Tbilisi, Georgia, and the decipherer of the Caucasian
Albanian written script which dates to the 5th century and which
was the forerunner of the language spoken by the Udi people who
live primarily in Azerbaijan today.
Ancient Albanian with Contemporary Udi - Zaza Alexidze
Albanian Alphabet: Ancient Script Discovered in the Ashes
- Zaza Alexidze and Betty Blair
Facts: Caucasian Albanian Script - Alexidze and Blair
Script: How Its Secrets Were Revealed? - Alexidze and Blair
Alexidze. Decipherer: Glimpses of Childhood - Blair
Albanian Script: Significance of Dechipherment - Alexidze
Today: Ancestors of the Caucasian Albanians - Zurab Konanchev
From Azerbaijan International (11.3) Autumn 2003.
© Azerbaijan International 2003.