Articles Of The Week

The Bizarre Beliefs of Astronomer Percival Lowell

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Astronomer Percival Lowell, born on this day in 1855, left a very concrete legacy in the form of the Lowell Observatory. His other legacies are less tangible, but have also had lasting effects.At his ...

Oliver Cromwell by David Horspool review – Britain’s chance to be a republic

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The controversial inclusion of Oliver Cromwell in the Penguin Monarchs series will doubtless elicit a few tuts of disapproval from royalists. What is Cromwell doing – as David Horspool concedes, “...

Winckelmann and the Invention of Antiquity: History and Aesthetics in the Age of Altertumswissenschaft

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Ein Versuch eines Lehrgebäudes (‘an attempt at a systematic framework’): that is the professed aim of Johann Joachim Winckelmann’s Geschichte der Kunst des Alterthums , inscribed in the opening...

Margaret Fuller in Italy

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On July 19, 1848, the day when the first women's rights convention began in Seneca Falls, New York, Margaret Fuller, the author of America's only full-length feminist tract, was far away, in the midst...

Anna Comnena’s Alexiad as a source for the Second Crusade?

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This article presents an overview of recent work by Byzantinists on the Alexiad of Anna Comnena, in particular her account of the First Crusade. It suggests that, since the Alexiad was composed at the...

Willem Jacob 's Gravesande's career before his Leiden professorship

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The mathematician, physicist and philosopher W. J. 's Gravesande is particularly known for his adherence to ‘Newtonian philosophy’. Currently, it is widely held that 's Gravesande g...

Mathematics of Choice — Adrien-Marie Legendre

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Adrien-Marie Legendre introduced an approach for dealing with errors in measurements that remains one of the most important tools used by engineers and scientists. Legendre was part of a group of math...

Adolphe Quetelet (1796–1874)—the average man and indices of obesity

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The quest for a practical index of relative body weight that began shortly after actuaries reported the increased mortality of their overweight policyholders culminated after World War II, when the re...

Zerah Colburn: An Amazing Prodigy Of 19th Century

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Born on 1st September 1804, Zerah Colburn was a child prodigy of the 19th century. He was famous all around as a mental calculator. He was born in Cabot. Until the age of 6, he was thought to be intel...

Quaternions and the Hidden History of William Kingdon Clifford

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William Kingdon Clifford was an incredibly eccentric mathematician, who was responsible for several advancements in mathematics. Ironically, his short paper&nbs...

Experience and Universal Judgements: William Kingdon Clifford and Non-Euclidean Geometries

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La pensée de W. K. Clifford se distingue par un questionnement radical de la valeur de la connaissance humaine. Fondée sur une doctrine exclusivement empiriste, elle n’adhère cependant pas pleine...

Centenary of the birth of Wim Klein, CERN's first computer

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Before electronic computers were widely available at CERN, a Dutchman called Willem "Wim" Klein performed astonishing feats of mental arithmetic to help colleagues with their calculations. Klein,...

Esther Lederberg and Her Husband Were Both Trailblazing Scientists. Why Have More People Heard of Him?

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Esther Lederberg is standing on an ornate carpet in Stockholm, wearing a ruched gown and a rather serious expression. It’s an unusual getup for the pioneering scientist, who more often wore a lab co...

This 19-Year-Old College Student Built an Artificial Brain That Detects Breast Cancer

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Brittany Wenger is one seriously smart cookie. In 2012, the then-17-year-old submitted her "artificial brain" technology—which assesses tissue samples for breast cancer—to the Google Science Fair ...

Parasite biodiversity faces extinction and redistribution in a changing climate

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Climate change is a well-documented driver of both wildlife extinction and disease emergence, but the negative impacts of climate change on parasite diversity are undocumented. We compiled the most co...

T. H. Huxley as Anthropologist

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SIR GRAFTON ELLIOT-SMITH made an especially happy choice of subject for his Huxley Memorial Lecture to the Royal Anthropological Institute on November 26, when he spoke on “The Place of Thomas Henry...

THE PROGENITOR OF THE CELLULAR THEORY

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The sea lawyer, Matthias Jacob Schleiden, and the pious Theodor Schwann, contemporary German scientists, were foremost in the select coterie of investigators who revealed the cellular structure of liv...

Cell Theory, Specificity, and Reproduction, 1837–1870

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The cell is not only the structural, physiological, and developmental, but also the reproductive unit of life. So far, however, this aspect of the cell has received little attention by historians and ...

A Pep Talk from Steven Pinker

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Steven Pinker irks many of his fellow intellectuals. I’ve knocked him myself for his views on postmodernism and the origins of war, and he’s knocked me back. I am nonetheless a longtime admirer of...

The “split brain” and Roger Wolcott Sperry

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The concepts of cerebral localization were established in the early 19th century. From these arose the idea that the dominant (usually left) hemisphere mainly subserved functions of cognition and lang...

Drool: Ivan Pavlov’s real quest

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As a college student, B. F. Skinner gave little thought to psychology. He had hoped to become a novelist, and majored in English. Then, in 1927, when he was twenty-three, he read an essay by H. G...

Restoring a Master’s Voice

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Using instruments like metronomes and harmoniums, he demonstrated that a dog could make astonishingly fine discriminations — distinguishing between a rhythm of 96 and 104 beats a minute or an ascend...

Pavlov's Dogs

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Like many great scientific advances, Pavlovian conditioning (aka classical conditioning) was discovered accidentally.During the 1890s, Russian physiologist, Ivan Pavlov was researching salivation in d...

Hermann Von Helmholtz and the new psychology.

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Discusses the contributions of Hermann Von Helmholtz in the field of psychology. Hemholtz presented a pioneer work in the field of 'Conservation of Energy'. He applied the doctrine of the specific ene...

Caroline and William Herschel: Revealing the invisible

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The Herschels were pioneers of the systematic classification and investigation of the heavens. William Herschel was one of the first 'professional' astronomers, and discovered infrared radiation. His ...

Astronomer and Alchemist Tycho Brahe Died Full of Gold

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A new study based on chemical analysis of Brahe’s remains has shown that he was regularly exposed to large quantities of gold throughout his life.Tycho Brahe, born on this day in 1546, is ...

Was Tycho Brahe as Influential as he Thought?

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Through the years there have been subtle changes in the evaluations of the work of Tycho Brahe. As one examines the tracts dealing with novae and comets in which reference is made to the nova of 1572 ...

Mankind's place in the Universe

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Technological developments in astronomy have long helped to answer some of the greatest questions tackled by humanity, recounts Owen Gingerich.Just over 400 years ago, news swept across Europe of an a...

The Bizarre Beliefs of Astronomer Percival Lowell

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Astronomer Percival Lowell, born on this day in 1855, left a very concrete legacy in the form of the Lowell Observatory. His other legacies are less tangible, but have also had lasting effects.At his ...

Questioning Copernican Mediocrity

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The Earth is not at the center of the universe, a conclusion we owe to the model of the universe created by 15th-century mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. The inference that we are the...

Look out Magnus! Wei Yi is coming for you!

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Chinese prodigy Wei Yi turned 18 recently and celebrated by winning his first supertournament in Danzhou. Sending a clear signal – look out Magnus!Wei Yi has been considered a possible challenger to...

From Paul Morphy To Wei Yi

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The Chinese chess prodigy Wei Yi wins the hearts of fans with every new tournament he plays. It is not just his phenomenal results (with his current rating, he should be the highest-rated 16-year-old ...

Teimour Radjabov wins Airthings Masters

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Outsmarts Aronian; first player to book spot in season-finaleTeimour Radjabov maintained his calm and outsmarted Levon Aronian to win the $200,000 Airthings Masters online rapid chess final with a gam...

Karjakin on Carlsen: “I think you can beat him”

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Sergey Karjakin’s duties as a new father kept him away from the European Team Chess Championship in Reykjavik, but he did take part in a Russian team training session beforehand, playing football an...

Karjakin through to Chess World Cup semi-finals with comeback win over Shankland

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Russian 10th seed Sergey Karjakin mounted a comeback to progress to the semi-finals of the Chess World Cup following a tiebreaker win over American 31st seed Sam Shankland in Sochi.Shankland won the o...

Interview: GM Sevian on Making History

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 Shortly after the release of the last Chess Horizons, Southbridge’s Samuel Sevian completed his remarkable journey to GM by crossing the 2500 FIDE threshold at an invitational in St. Louis. He...
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The Magnitude of His Achievement

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William Tecumseh Sherman’s march to the sea and burning of Atlanta are surely what distinguish him as a Civil War general, second in significance among Union officers only to Ulysses S. Grant. If Gr...
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Little Phil: A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan (review)

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For nearly 140 years, historians have heralded Philip Henry Sheridan as one of the Union Army's four greatest generals, ranking him alongside Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and George H. Thomas...
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Little Phil: A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan (review)

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The two best-known cavalry commanders in the eastern theater of the Civil War, J. E. B. Stuart and Phil Sheridan, both seemed to enjoy considerable professional and historiographical luck, and neither...
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Jean-Victor Moreau and His Exile in America

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Jean-Victor Moreau was exiled to America after Napoleon Bonaparte banished him to the United States. Moreau, who was a friend to Madame Récamier and Madame de Staël, had served as a general under Na...
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Guns, germs, and horses brought Cortés victory over the mighty Aztec empire

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After the expedition led by Vasco Núñez de Balboa who crossed Central America to reach the Pacific in 1513, Europeans began to see the full economic potential of this "New World." At first, coloni...
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Hernán Cortés: Conqueror of the Aztecs

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Hernán Cortés was a Spanish conquistador, or conqueror, best remembered for conquering the Aztec empire in 1521 and claiming Mexico for Spain. He also helped colonize Cuba and became a governor of N...

How we made the microprocessor

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Computers were, at first, a decidedly unintegrated technology. They were composed of vacuum tubes, resistors, capacitors, inductors and mercury delay lines, and as a result were huge, expensive and po...

Federico Faggin: “We’re people, machines will not replace us”

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“As I see it, things will not be exactly the way they were before, even though our human tendency is to go back and do the same things we’ve always done. We’ve learned some important lessons, li...

William Harvey and the Discovery of the Circulation of the Blood

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These 3 articles on William Harvey (which are published in 3 consecutive issues of the journal) are an edited version of 3 President’s Letters that I wrote about 10 years ago for Heart News and View...

Stimulation of the human cortex and the experience of pain: Wilder Penfield's observations revisited

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Thanks to the seminal work of Wilder Graves Penfield (1891–1976) at the Montreal Neurological Institute, electrical stimulation is used worldwide to localize the epileptogenic cortex and to map the ...

The Montreal procedure: The legacy of the great Wilder Penfield

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Wilder Penfield pioneered the early practice of brain surgery. In binding together the disciplines of neurosurgery, neurology, neuropathology, psychology, and related basic sciences, Penfield transfor...

Susumu Tonegawa on Heading World-Class Brain Research Institutes

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Susumu Tonegawa is professor of biology and neuroscience at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and director of the RIKEN Brain Science Ins...

Susumu Tonegawa—Japan's First Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

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The first Japanese recipient of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was Susumu Tonegawa, who won the 1987 prize for his fundamental discoveries concerning the body's production of antibodies. Hi...

Rudolf Virchow and his Countrymen

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THE German people are to be congratulated on the brilliant way in which the seventieth birthday of Prof. Virchow was celebrated last week in Berlin. We say the German people, because the entire nation...

When We Celebrate John Coltrane, We Celebrate McCoy Tyner, Too

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When we talk about rock, we talk about bands: Zeppelin, the Who, the Stones. But when we talk about jazz, we tend to talk about individuals: Miles, Monk, Coltrane. On some level, that makes sense: If ...

McCoy Tyner, Groundbreaking Pianist Of 20th Century Jazz, Dies At 81

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McCoy Tyner, a pianist whose deep resonance, hammering attack and sublime harmonic invention made him a game-changing catalyst in jazz and beyond, died Friday, March 6, at his home in New Jersey. His ...

Why Yo-Yo Ma thinks culture and music can help protect the planet

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On 21 April, Yo-Yo Ma featured in a special National Geographic Earth Day Eve concert: you can re-watch the broadcast here.   On a sunlit February morning in Cape Town, Ross Frylinck wa...

A Rapper Finds His Muse in the Stars

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On an early May afternoon in the offices of Neil deGrasse Tyson, the director of the Hayden Planetarium, a model of Saturn caught the eye of a 45-year-old high-school dropout, and a lyric was born."I ...

Wu-Tang's GZA says 'lyricism is gone' from modern rap

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Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA has bemoaned the lack of lyricism in modern hip hop. In an open letter written for Medium entitled The Lost Art of Lyricism, the rapper praised science, artists such as Nas and la...

Five Things to Know About Bob Dylan

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This morning, the Nobel Prize committee announced the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature: Bob Dylan. It’s the first time a musician has ever won the award, and the announcement was a shock...

Above and beyond Organic Synthesis

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Room 319 of Conant Building at Harvard University is a good place to learn much in a short time about Elias J. Corey, this year’s recipient of the Priestley Medal. The outer office is lined w...

Tu Youyou's Nobel Prize and the academic evaluation system in China

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Tu Youyou, an 84-year-old, female scientist from China, won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of artemisinin, which is used in the treatment of malaria. She was the firs...

Walther Nernst: grandfather of dark energy?

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In a paper in this journal, Calder and Lahav (2008) suggested that a repulsive force corresponding to the cosmological constant Λ can be found as far back as in Newton's Principia. In their useful hi...

Walther Nernst and the third Law of Thermodynamics

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On June 25, 1864, German physicist Walther Hermann Nernst was born. One of the founders of modern physical chemistry he is best known for his theories behind the calculation of chemical affinity as em...

Swedish Contributions to the Discovery of Platinum

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For fifty years, from the end of a disastrous series of wars and the conclusion of a peace treaty with Russia in 1721 until a coup d’état by King Gustav III in 1772, Sweden enjoyed a period not onl...

Stronger Than Steel: How Chemist Stephanie Kwolek Invented Kevlar

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Stephanie Kwolek, the chemist who invented Kevlar, was born on this day in 1923.Kwolek, whose invention has saved thousands of lives, was the daughter of two Polish immigrants. From her father, an ama...

Astrology between Poetics and Politics in the Abbasid Period: Abu al-'Ala' al-Ma'arri as Case Study

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It is the aim of this study to examine the astrological references in the work of Abū al-'Alā' al-Ma'arrī, an outstanding reclusive misanthropic poet who occupies a lonely eminence among the poets ...

Meet Kelvin Doe, the World’s Youngest Self-Taught Engineer

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Creativity is universal, and can be found in places where one does not expect to find it. Perseverance and passion are essential to nurturing that creative ability. – Kelvin DoeKelvin Doe grew ...

What Ever Happened to Child Prodigy Kelvin Doe?

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Do you remember Kelvin Doe? He was the child prodigy from Sierra Leone who built his own batteries, an FM transmitter, a sound amplifier, a three-channel mixer and a mic receiver from garbage and his ...

Kelvin Doe: The Boy Who Created His Future

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Next in our series on young innovators is Sierra Leonean inventor, Kelvin Doe. His story is inspiring because it shows that resources are no barrier and local communities mean just as much as global o...

Why Did the Wright Brothers Succeed When Others Failed?

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That two bicycle salesmen from Dayton, Ohio, were the first people to fly is as astonishing today as it was over a century ago, when the Wright brothers soared above slack-jawed crowds at public exhib...

The Wright Brothers: Pioneers of Patent Trolling

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On this date in 1903, brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright made what many consider the world’s first successful heavier-than-air flight. The flight catapulted the brothers and their machine, the Wrigh...

How Historians Are Reckoning With the Former Nazi Who Launched America's Space Program

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Sporting a gray double-breasted suit, slicked-back curls and a slide rule, rocket engineer Wernher von Braun cuts a suave, authoritative figure in Disney’s 1955 television special Man and the Moon. ...

7+ Facts About Arthur Compton and His Famous Effect

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In 1923, Arthur Compton helped provide some of the first real-world evidence for Einstein's postulation that photons can act like particles. Using X-rays and some graphite he almost single-handily hel...

Shirley Jackson speaks about her career and being an agent for change

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On Sept. 26, Shirley Ann Jackson ’68 PhD ’73 returned to campus for a discussion with an audience of students, alumni, and friends about her career highlights and the direction of science edu...

The Remarkable Career of Shirley Ann Jackson

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Shirley Ann Jackson arrived at MIT in the fall of 1964 as one of just a handful of black students and the valedictorian of her public high school in Washington, D.C. In the midst of working on her fir...

Meet the 23-year-old nuclear physicist who is tackling energy's biggest problem

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In the past year or so an unorthodox think-tank called Helena has been quietly bringing together an eclectic cross-section of brilliant individuals (mostly bright-eyed millennials) with ambitious goal...

The Boy Who Played With Fusion

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“Propulsion,” the nine-year-old says as he leads his dad through the gates of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “I just want to see the propulsion stuff.”A young woman g...

'If I burn out, I burn out': meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius

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Taylor Wilson has a Geiger counter watch on his wrist, a sleek, sporty-looking thing that sounds an alert in response to radiation. As we enter his parents’ garage and approach his precious jumble o...

Saheela Ibraheem: accepted to Harvard at 15, graduates at 20

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There are few people who want to remember how they were at the age of fifteen. However, Saheela Ibraheem had already achieved one of the heights in her life. She was accepted at Harvard Universit...

Meet William James Sidis: The Smartest Guy Ever?

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Long before the "Tiger Mother" phenomenon, around 1910, a man named Boris Sidis was touting his child-rearing methods.To those who knew of his son, William James Sidis was quite possibly the smartest ...

The Smart Money Is on This Young Genius : Michael Kearney, 10, is the world’s youngest college graduate and a cultural hero in Japan but finds a less enthusiastic response in the U.S.

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You might already have heard of Michael Kearney, who moved to the San Fernando Valley last year after graduating from college. He is an unusual member of the Class of ’94.For instance:* He is 10 yea...

Meet Michael Kearney: The youngest person in the world to graduate from a university

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This week you met, here at Olhar Digital, the little belgian genius Laurent Simons, who, at just 11 years old, completed a degree in physics at the University of Antwerp in 12 months – a course that...

McKinney Whiz Kid Has IQ of 148, MENSA Member

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He is 11-years-old, but he's smarter than most adults. Jaxon Cota of from McKinney is considered profoundly gifted.His IQ score is 148. He was admitted to MENSA at the age of nine and was just accepte...

Inside the mind of Jaxon Cota an 11-year-old kid genius

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The phrase ‘genius’ gets thrown around a lot these days and ahhh, what we would do to be considered a genius! Unfortunately, our intelligence and natural ability stops after the 3rd decimal of Pi ...

What Price Genius? Father Pushes 10-Year-Old College Student

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When Morley Safer first interviewed Adragon De Mello for 60 Minutes in 1987, the 10-year-old's father thought he was a genius. The boy, known as A.D., was in college because his father said there were...

Is teenage pianist Ariel Lanyi a ‘superhuman genius’?

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The Israeli musician tells Michael White about why he’s not interested in music as an ‘enterprise’.The Mill Hill Music Club has hosted plenty of distinguished players in its time, but not too ma...
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Was Russia's top ballerina a secret agent spying for the British?

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She was the greatest ballerina of her day and rubbed shoulders with the Kennedys and Hollywood stars.But it seems Maya Plisetskaya, a former principal dancer at the Bolshoi who died on Saturday aged 8...
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Maya Plisetskaya: Ballerina whose charisma and talent helped her fight the Soviet authorities and achieve international fame

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If Soviet ballet's most famous ballerina was Galina Ulanova – arguably also the 20th century's greatest – then Maya Plisetskaya was not far behind. On Ulanova's retirement in 1962 she became the B...
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Why Conan O'Brien was such a brilliant late-night host

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For the first time since 1993 (aside from a brief period in 2010), Conan O'Brien will not have a late-night television show. The last edition of "Conan" rolls out on TBS Thursday night.He does have so...
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How Stan Lee's superheroes helped change the world

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Through Spider-Man, the X-Men and many other characters, the late Stan Lee sought to make a positive and lasting difference.It's difficult to envision what pop culture would be like without Stan Lee's...
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Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee: The Legend Who Created Legends

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Stan Lee was the most famous individual in the history of comic books — a testament to his talent as a writer and editor, his longevity and his skills at self-promotion. His writing and editorial ap...
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Stephen Fry on what it was like Making History

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Making History came out in 1996. What inspired you to write it?The genesis of the story really goes back to when I was 10 or 11. I was playing in my parents’ house and I came across an old phot...

The eccentric engineer: Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose

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It is often the fate of the engineer to come up with an idea too soon - either before it’s needed or simply before anyone can make sense of it. Rarely has this been done in such diverse fields as th...

American racism and the lost legacy of Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose, the father of plant neurobiology

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Sir Jagadis Chandra Bose, India’s first modern biologist departed boldly from mainstream botany by claiming that plants possess “nerves” and “pulsating cells” that function respectively much...

Teenage Cancer Researcher Wins Top Prize at Google Science Fair

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—A high-school student from Fort Worth, Texas, won top honors July 11 at the first annual Google Science Fair for her project on drug resistance in ovarian cancer. Shree Bose, 1...

Meet Jack Andraka, 15-year-old cancer researcher

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“I got 197 rejections and one acceptance,” he said — but one was all he needed.The man who said yes was Anirban Maitra, a professor of pathology and oncology at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Uni...

Teen cancer researcher Jack Andraka discusses open access in science, stagnation in medicine

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Maryland high school student Jack Andraka burst into the international scientific scene last year after winning the Gordon E. Moore Award at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. ...

Jack Andraka, the Teen Prodigy of Pancreatic Cancer

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It’s first period digital arts class, and the assignment is to make Photoshop monsters. Sophomore Jack Andraka considers crossing a velociraptor with a Brazilian wandering spider, while another boy ...

Albert Einstein Biography From Nobel Lectures

Albert Einstein was born at Ulm, in Württemberg, Germany, on March 14, 1879. Six weeks later the family moved to Munich, where he later on began his schooling at the Luitpold Gymnasium. Later, t...

Where Are They Now: Shawn Fanning

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This is the second in a series of articles in which we'll catch up with newsmakers from the past decade. For other installments and more go to the WSJ.com 10th Anniversary page.Shawn Fanning has chang...

He Has Millions and a New Job at Yahoo. Soon, He’ll Be 18.

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One of Yahoo’s newest employees is a 17-year-old high school student in Britain. As of Monday, he is one of its richest, too.That student, Nick D’Aloisio, a programming whiz who wasn’t even born...

Young Millionaire: Inside the Mind of Yahoo's Teen Sensation Nick D'Aloisio

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Brains. Power. Millions of dollars in the bank. Nick D’Aloisio has them all. Already. And he’s only 18.You might have heard that D’Aloisio sold his viral Summly mobile news summarization app to ...

How Teen Nick D'Aloisio Has Changed the Way We Read

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UPON HEARING, IN MARCH of this year, reports that a 17-year-old schoolboy had sold a piece of software to Yahoo! for $30 million, you might well have entertained a few preconceived notions about what ...

Walter O’Brien: Inspiring Genius Around the Globe

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A scientifically momentous few people have walked on the moon. Believe it or not, fewer people have a major network television show based upon their lives air while they are living.Dubbed a “30-year...

Genius PR: Lessons From Walter O'Brien And 'Scorpion'

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How would you handle PR if you were one of the five smartest people on the planet? Perhaps you could emulate Walter O’Brien, with an IQ of 197. (For perspective, Albert Einstein’s IQ was 160). I m...

What Made Albert Einstein a Genius?

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Albert Einstein is one of the most intelligent minds the world has ever seen. His theories changed the way we view the universe, and his name is now synonymous with what it means to be a genius. He wo...

Why Einstein Was a Genius

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Albert Einstein is widely regarded as a genius, but how did he get that way? Many researchers have assumed that it took a very special brain to come up with the theory of relativity and other stunning...

There’s a link between autism and genius

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After a 45-minute helicopter ride over Rome, the artist Stephen Wiltshire drew a vast, 51/2-yard-wide cityscape in striking detail from memory. It was described as “frighteningly right.”Flo and Ka...

What Makes a Genius?

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Some minds are so exceptional they change the world. We don’t know exactly why these people soar above the rest of us, but science offers us clues. ...

IQ Tests

IQ, or "intelligent Quotient" is a psychological measure of rating human intelligence. The sum of the IQ represents the total score derived from a set of standardized tests. The term "IQ" was coined b...

About Geniuses.Club

Geniuses.Club founded for the love of great minds! As anyone with a bit of appreciation to beauty, we see great minds as the secret spice of humanity. They, each one with his own talent, amaze us...
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These Are The 16 Smartest People On The Face Of The Earth

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Whether you agree or disagree with them, IQ tests are the most commonly accepted measure of intelligence. Using IQ data, garnered from The World Genius Directory, the folks over at Business Insider ha...
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Rick Rosner

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Richard “Rick” Rosner is credited with having the world’s second-highest IQ. That ranking very likely under-represents his cognitive abilities.This Life Extension® member has received the highe...
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The World's Second-Smartest Man Tells Us What Makes Him Feel Stupid

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Rick Rosner — the second-smartest man in the world as ranked by IQ tests — sometimes feels stupid. "Not figuring things out faster makes me feel dumb," he told Business Insider UK. Of co...

UNDERESTIMATING MARILYN VOS SAVANT

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On September 9th of 1990, Marilyn Vos Savant sat in her office reading her Parade magazine column. After about a week, she had received more than 10,000 letters debating her response to a problem on a...

The cleverest person answers your questions

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Last month, FT Weekend Magazine featured a story about Marilyn vos Savant, who has the world’s highest recorded IQ – 228. She grew up in St Louis, Missouri, the daughter of German and Italian immi...

The Time Everyone “Corrected” the World’s Smartest Woman

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Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1946, the young savant quickly developed an aptitude for math and science. At age 10, she was given two intelligence tests -- the Stanford-Binet, and the Mega Test -- bo...

Barbara McClintock on Defining the Unstable Genome

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From examination of instability of genic action at a number of known loci in maize, it is concluded that mutations need not express changes in genes, but may be the result of changes affecting the con...

Barbara McClintock’s Final Years as Nobelist and Mentor: A Memoir

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Early each morning for what seemed to be an eternity, a smallish figure walked along Bungtown Road at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). Hands clasped behind her back, wearing khaki pants and a...

Barbara McClintock and the discovery of jumping genes

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For much of the 20th century, genes were considered to be stable entities arranged in an orderly linear pattern on chromosomes, like beads on a string. In the late 1940s, Barbara McClintock challenged...

What Made Albert Einstein a Genius?

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Albert Einstein is one of the most intelligent minds the world has ever seen. His theories changed the way we view the universe, and his name is now synonymous with what it means to be a genius. He wo...

Why Einstein Was a Genius

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Albert Einstein is widely regarded as a genius, but how did he get that way? Many researchers have assumed that it took a very special brain to come up with the theory of relativity and other stunning...

What Makes a Genius?

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Some minds are so exceptional they change the world. We don’t know exactly why these people soar above the rest of us, but science offers us clues. ...

Savant in the Limelight, 1988–2009

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Even for Darold Treffert, an expert in the study of savants who has met around 300 people with conditions such as autism who possess extraordinary mental abilities, Kim Peek stood out from the pack. T...

Kim Peek, the Real Rain Man

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Kim Peek, who lent inspiration to the fictional character Raymond Babbitt — played by Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rain Man — was a remarkable savant. A savant is an individual who — with little ...

Daniel Tammet: “We don’t realise how far we can go until we try

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I have a condition called high-functioning autistic savant syndrome. It’s quite an unusual condition in which the connections between the different cells in the brain develop a little differently to...

Synesthesia and the Poetry of Numbers:

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Daniel Tammet was born with an unusual mind — he was diagnosed with high-functioning autistic savant syndrome, which meant his brain’s uniquely wired circuits made possible such extraordinary feat...

A genius explains

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Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant. He can perform mind-boggling mathematical calculations at breakneck speeds. But unlike other savants, who can perform similar feats, Tammet can describe how he doe...

RIP Dick Clark (1929-2012)

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Since so much will be written about Dick Clark’s tenure on American Bandstand and the Pyramid game shows elsewhere, we'll try to provide you with some Dick Clark stories you may not necessarily read...

Maria Montessori challenged and changed how kids are taught, and remains influential today

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One hundred and fifty years after Maria Montessori’s birth, tens of thousands of teachers around the world still hail her innovations and educational philosophy.One of Italy’s first female doctors...

John Dewey’s Democracy and Education in an Era of Globalization

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This year marks the hundred-year anniversary of John Dewey’s seminal work Democracy and Education. The centennial anniversary of Dewey’s influential book presents philosophers and educators an opp...

John Dewey and His Philosophy of Education

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This review paper on John Dewey, the pioneering educationist of the 20th century, discusses his educational thoughts, and writings, which gave a new direction to education at the turn of the century. ...

Daniel Tammet: “We don’t realise how far we can go until we try

lab.cccb.org
I have a condition called high-functioning autistic savant syndrome. It’s quite an unusual condition in which the connections between the different cells in the brain develop a little differently to...

Synesthesia and the Poetry of Numbers:

brainpickings.org
Daniel Tammet was born with an unusual mind — he was diagnosed with high-functioning autistic savant syndrome, which meant his brain’s uniquely wired circuits made possible such extraordinary feat...

A genius explains

theguardian.com
Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant. He can perform mind-boggling mathematical calculations at breakneck speeds. But unlike other savants, who can perform similar feats, Tammet can describe how he doe...

RIP Dick Clark (1929-2012)

mentalfloss.com
Since so much will be written about Dick Clark’s tenure on American Bandstand and the Pyramid game shows elsewhere, we'll try to provide you with some Dick Clark stories you may not necessarily read...

Twin Savants Fixated On Dick Clark

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A recent documentary on TLC showcased Flo and Kay, identical twin autistic savant sisters. They have an incredible memory that enables them to catalog dates, pop music, and everything involving their ...

Extraordinary People: The ‘Rain Man Twins’

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In 1988 television journalist Dave Wagner was contacted by two fans: Flo and Kay Lyman, autistic twin sisters with savant abilities that included calendrical calculation and prodigious memories. Durin...

Daniel Webster’s unique Supreme Court legacy

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Daniel Webster was one of the seminal figures of nineteenth century America as an orator and politician. Perhaps less known is Webster’s influence on the Supreme Court, and especially the Marshall C...

Daniel Sennert, The Philosophical Hen, and The Epistolary Quest for a (Nearly-)Universal Medicine

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This article explores the Wittenberg Professor Daniel Sennert's (1572–1637) pursuit of nearly universal medicines made from noble metals, which he described in his published works and in private cor...

Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar democracy icon who fell from grace

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She was once seen as a beacon for human rights - a principled activist who gave up her freedom to challenge the ruthless army generals who ruled Myanmar for decades.In 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi was award...

BARACK OBAMA: LIFE IN BRIEF

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Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States—becoming the first African American to serve in that office—on January 20, 2009.The son of a white American mother and a bla...

Tawakkol Karman: “Non-violence is the common denominator of all my actions”

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What does non-violence mean to you? And what is the likely impact of non-violent civil resistance in countries experiencing complex conflicts?Political violence is the recourse to force to achieve pol...

William Wilberforce and the Abolition of the Slave Trade: Did You Know?

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WILLIAM WILBERFORCE regarded slavery as a national crime for which all Englishmen were responsible. In 1818 he wrote in his diary, “In the Scripture, no national crime is condemned so frequently and...

Suffering the Sons of Eve: Animal Ethics in al-Maʿarrī’s Epistle of the Horse and the Mule

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In the year 1021 CE, blind author and skeptic Abū l-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī (d. 1057 CE) wrote Risālat al-ṣāhil wa-l-shāḥij (The Epistle of the Horse and the Mule), a winding prose work populate...

The Future With, or Without, Tom Stoppard

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At 83, Tom Stoppard is widely regarded as the English-speaking world’s greatest living playwright. Yet his three-dozen-odd plays elude easy categorization, and it is a further puzzlement that a...

Cormac McCarthy: America's great poetic visionary

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There are men who look down at their peacefully sleeping children in the middle of the night and feel safe in the knowledge that all is right with the world. Cormac McCarthy, America's hermitic prophe...

Novelist Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to write a great science paper

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For the past two decades, Cormac McCarthy — whose ten novels include The Road, No Country for Old Men and Blood Meridian — has provided extensive editing to numerous faculty members and postdocs a...

The Rock Critic Robert Christgau’s Big-Hearted Theory of Pop

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Fifteen years ago, the rock critic Robert Christgau published a survey-of-the-literature essay called “In Search of Jim Crow: Why Postmodern Minstrelsy Studies Matter,” in The Believer. The essay,...

The Brontës’ Secret

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No body of writing has engendered more other bodies of writing than the Bible, but the Brontë corpus comes alarmingly close. “Since 1857, when Elizabeth Gaskell published her famous Life of Charlot...

A Comparison of the Geological Contributions of Nicolaus Steno and Robert Hooke

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Nicolaus Steno, the seventeenth-century Dane, has been honored by geologists as a founder of geology. In a comparison of Steno's geological contributions with those of the seventeenth-century Englishm...

BL. NICHOLAS STENO: THE MENDEL OF THE GEOSCIENCES

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In the year 1666, the court of the Grand Duke Ferdinando de’ Medici in Florence saw the arrival of a most unusual object—the partial carcass of a great white shark. Fishermen had caught and killed...

How Nicolas Steno changed the way we see the world, literally

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In 1669, Nicolas Steno rewrote the way people thought about the earth. And today, more than 300 years later, Google excavated his name from the history books for a special Google doodle tribute to the...

The Blasphemous Geologist Who Rocked Our Understanding of Earth’s Age

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On a June afternoon in 1788, James Hutton stood before a rock outcropping on Scotland’s western coast named Siccar Point. There, before a couple of other members of the Scottish Enlightenment, ...

Who Was Harlen Bretz?

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J Harlen Bretz, whose given name was Harley J. Bretz, was born in 1882 in Michigan. The oldest of five children, Bretz had an early interest in astronomy and the natural environment that surrounded hi...

How Inge Lehmann used earthquakes to discover the Earth’s inner core

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In the 1930s, seismologists faced a big mystery about the inner structure of the Earth. Today, on what would have been Danish seismologist Inge Lehmann's 127th birthday, it's a good time to appreciate...

Xenophanes the Visionary Poet Philosopher

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Xenophanes of Colophon (l.c. 570-c.478 BCE) is known as one of the Pre-Socratic philosophers of ancient Greece, so-called because they pre-date Socrates (l. c. 470/469-399 BCE), recognized as the Fath...

Zhuang Zhou and the Zhuangzi between Sinology and Philosophy in the Western Academy

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This essay looks into a particular aspect of Sinological challenge to the modern project of Chinese philosophy within the Western academy through the lens of authorship, using the Zhuangzi 莊子 as a...

Zhuang Zhou: The Chinese Philosopher Who Explained Spontaneous Order 2,000 Years Before Adam Smith

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There is a famous scene in The Matrix where Neo (Keanu Reeves) visits the Oracle, a wise, mysterious, and powerful figure who can see the future.While there, he encounters a gifted child who bends a s...

The Life and Thought of Zeno of Citium in Diogenes Laertius

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Zeno of Citium (c. 336 – 265 BCE) was the founder of the Stoic School of philosophy in Athens, which taught that the Logos (Universal Reason) was the greatest good in life and living in accordance w...

In memory of William of Occam

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The 650th anniversary of William of Occam's death has passed unnoticed by the scientific medical community, which may fit the humble attitude of his Franciscan congregation, but not his enormous philo...

Kantian elements in Wilhelm von Humboldt’s philosophy of languag

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In this article published in 1923, Cassirer aims to accomplish the project Haym carried out in his 1856 biography on Humboldt that was never fully achieved, i.e. to show Kant’s influence—particula...

10 Things You Didn't Know About the Dalai Lama

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1. The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born Lhamo Dhondup on July 6, 1935 to peasants in Taktser, a village in northeastern Tibet. He was one of five children in the family.2. He was found by Tibetan m...

Richard Dawkins: How we can outgrow God and religion

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FEW scientists have acquired such a high public profile as Richard Dawkins – and maintained it amid such controversy. His first book The Selfish Gene, published in 1976, launched him to fame as a po...

William Penn's Legacy: Religious and Spiritual Diversity

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Alexander Milne Calder's bronze statue of William Penn atop Philadelphia City Hall surveys the founder's beloved Holy Experiment fashioned out of the ideals of his Quaker faith. In a seventeenth-centu...

The Intellectual Background of William Ellery Channing

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William Ellery Channing was an American Schleiermacher, standing at the turning point from the Enlightenment to Transcendentalism, and, like Schleiermacher, he has been treated by historians as the in...

Saint Virgilius of Salzburg

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Born in Ireland, Feargal of Virgil (Latin "Virgilius") is said to have been a descendant of Niall of the Nine Hostages.St Fergal (or Virgil or Feargal) lived first in France and then in Bavaria, where...

“For If We Are True Prophets”: Huldrych Zwingli on Martin Luther

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This article examines how Huldrych Zwingli wrote of his relationship to Martin Luther in two key works from 1523 and 1527. In his Auslegen und Gründe der Schlußreden and the later Amica exegesis, Zw...

23 Surreal Facts About Salvador Dalí

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Salvador Dalí was one of the most famous painters of the 20th century. The Surrealist’s self-promotional antics and bizarre artwork made him an international celebrity early in his career, and ther...

BENJAMIN BRADLEY: FORMER SLAVE WHO INVENTED THE NAVY STEAM ENGINE

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Benjamin Bradley was born around 1830 as a slave in Maryland. He was able to read and write. He was put to work in a printing office and at the age of 16 began working with scrap he found, modeling it...

Top 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Thomas Alva Edison

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This week on Energy.gov, we’re revisiting the storied rivalry between two of history’s most important energy-related inventors and engineers: Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Check b...

Many Minds Produced The Light That Illuminated America

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Thomas Edison is revered as a great American inventor, and his incandescent bulb is considered one of the most important inventions of the modern world. But in The Age of Edison: Electric Light and th...

The French Connection

sciencehistory.org
In December 1839 mathematician and economist Charles Babbage sent a letter to French astronomer François Arago. “There has arrived lately in London . . . a work which does the h...

Joseph Marie Jacquard's Innovative Loom

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Most people probably don’t think of weaving looms as a forerunner of computers. But thanks to French silk weaver Joseph Marie Jacquard, enhancements to automated weaving helped lead to the invention...

Was Johannes Gutenberg a 15th-century con man?

theweek.com
Who printed the Gutenberg Bible? It sounds like a Groucho Marx joke, of the "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?" variety. But the story behind the invention of the printing press, and the first book ever p...

Adolphe Quetelet, the average man and the development of economic methodology

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Quetelet's contribution to statistics has received adequate attention in Stigler (1986, 1999) and Porter's (1986) seminal works on the history of that scientific discipline. 24 Our contribution invest...

Overcoming a pandemic may look like fighting a war, but the real need is far from that

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We have reason to take pride in the fact that India is the largest democracy in the world, and also the oldest in the developing world. Aside from giving everyone a voice, democracy provides many prac...

The psychology of early institutional economics: The instinctive approach of Thorstein Veblen's conspicuous consumer theory

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Thorstein Veblen, a founder of original or old institutional economics, combined social and evolutionary thought in his institutionalist approach to dealing with psychological, social, and economic is...

Thomas Chalmers and the Poor Laws

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Clifford Thies is Durell Professor of Money, Banking and Finance at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847) was ordained in the Church of Scotland in 1803. In his fir...

Thomas Chalmers: Preaching with Courage and Power

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“On Friday, June 4, 1847, one of the most amazing funeral processions ever seen in Edinburgh made its way to the Grange Cemetery. Well nigh half the population of the city lined the route. It was th...

John Bright: Voice of Victorian Liberalism

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Mr. Elliott resides in England. A graduate of the University of York, he is a regular contributor to the Journal of Economic Affairs, published by the Institute of Economic Affairs.John Bright did mor...

A 17-Year-Old Inventor Builds A Land Mine Detector Inspired By A Piano

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17-year-old Marian Bechtel might live in Pennsylvania, where land mines are not a common occurrence, but she has still managed to invent the prototype for a brand-new minesweeper.The device, which cos...

How to Use Military Strategy to Build Better Habits

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Sun Tzu was a legendary military strategist in ancient China and he is the author of the famous book, The Art of War. He was a master of “soft power” and the father of “agile warfare.” Wheneve...

Interpreting Sun Tzu: The Art of Failure?

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“Translation,” an American poet and translator of Dante’s Inferno opined, “is the art of failure.”[2]  In Don Quixote, the eponymous character notes that distortion is often a natural b...

Sun Tzu in Contemporary Chinese Strategy

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Sun Tzu permeates modern Chinese strategy, influencing everything from deception to espionage while downplaying civilian control in favor of a general’s on-site decisions and pushing “initiative, ...

Why Clive of India’s statue must not fall

thetimes.co.uk
Next in line for statue demolition may be Robert Clive, who founded Britain’s Indian empire, but is labelled a murderer, plunderer, even social psychopath by Black Lives Matter. Historical reality w...

Hero and Villain: Robert Clive of the East India Company

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Robert Clive, a general of the East India Company, was despised by his contemporaries – so why was a statue of him erected outside the foreign office by the Edwardians years later?In 2020, ther...

Missing in inaction

the-tls.co.uk
Wordsworth wrote to Sir George Beaumont in 1805 that it was “a thing unprecedented in Literary history that a man should talk so much about himself”. He was referring to the poem first published a...

William Cowper of the Inner Temple

innertemple.org.uk
When William Cowper's first volume of poems was published by Joseph Johnson of St. Paul's Churchyard in 1782 it was entitled Poems by William Cowper of the Inner Temple. However, this description has ...

Philosophy and a little passion: Roy Foster on WB Yeats and politics

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With that ominous reflection, in 1934, WB Yeats signed off from one of his more controversial political involvements. This was his interest in the fascistic Blueshirt movement and his misbegotten atte...

WB Yeats turns 150: The 20th Century’s greatest poet?

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It’s hard to overstate just how pivotal a figure in English literature William Butler Yeats was – and remains.“Yeats matters today in the way that Shakespeare or Jonson or Dickinson matter,” s...

Landscape and Counter-Landscape in the Poetry of William Cullen Bryant

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Through close readings of selected poems, this essay argues that the poetry of William Cullen Bryant is informed by an anxiety that constantly threatens to disturb its apparently placid surface. While...

The Posthumous Mystique of Thomas Chatterton

The Posthumous Mystique of Thomas Chatterton
Once upon a time, Thomas Chatterton was the famous dead poet. Chatterton (1752-1770) had already been dead for decades when he was taken up like a kind of mascot by the Romantics, including William Wo...

Eight Things I Learned from Peter Thiel’s Zero To One

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Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded PayPal and Palantir. He also made the first outside investment in Facebook and was an early investor in companies like SpaceX and LinkedIn. A...

A Moment With… Dalumuzi Mhlanga

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Dalumuzi Mhlanga is the Founder of Lead Us Today (www.leadustoday.org), a Zimbabwean non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire, mobilise and empower Zimbabwean young people to work together ...

Billionaire Warren Buffett just turned 90—here are 6 pieces of wisdom from the investing legen

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Berkshire Hathaway CEO and self-made billionaire Warren Buffett turned 90 on Sunday, August 30. And he’s not slowing down.In honor of the Oracle of Omaha’s big day, CNBC Make It rounded ...

What I Learned from Warren Buffett

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Roger Lowenstein begins his new biography of Warren Buffett with a disclaimer. He reveals that he is a longtime investor in Berkshire Hathaway, the company that under Buffett’s guidance has seen its...

Paul Allen’s Legacy of Extraordinary Homes

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When Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died in October at age 65, he left a cache of real-estate treasures, from a 4,000-acre Idaho retreat with meadows, trees, forestland and views of the Tetons, to a ...

The Gold Corner

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One of the more audacious trading operations in Wall Street history occurred in September 1869. The “Gold Corner” as it quickly became known, involved nothing less than an attempt to force up...

Anna Comnena's concept of woman

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Anna Comnena (b. 1083) is one of a very few ‘medieval’ women who, according to existing sources, developed a political identity. This identity can be deduced from Anna's depiction of her grandmoth...

Anna Comnena’s Alexiad as a source for the Second Crusade?

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This article presents an overview of recent work by Byzantinists on the Alexiad of Anna Comnena, in particular her account of the First Crusade. It suggests that, since the Alexiad was composed at the...

Xenophon's Defense of Socrates

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Xenophon (430-354 BCE) was an early disciple of Socrates and a contemporary of Plato. He is best known as the mercenary general who wrote The Anabasis, which relates his adventures in leading his men ...

The Canonizer De-Canonized: The Case of William H. Prescott

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No Hispanist was more instrumental in defining the field of Latin American Colonial Studies than William H. Prescott (1796-1859). His histories, most notably the History of the Conquest of Mexico (184...

William Robertson’s Unfinished History of America

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Historian and clergyman William Robertson never completed his history of British America. His initial project, that of glorifying the power of the British Empire, no longer made sense when the Thirtee...

Propertius and Livy

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Towards the start of the elegy which prefaces his third book, Propertius rejects lengthy, martial epic in favour of slender poetry (3.1.7–8): it is on account of the latter that fame (fama) elevates...

Lovers of Wisdom

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Poor Diogenes Laertius. He gets no respect. A “perfect ass”—“asinus germanus”—one nineteenth-century scholar called him. “Dim-witted,” said Nietzsche. An “ignoramus,” declared the ...

The Life of Diogenes of Sinope in Diogenes Laertius

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Diogenes of Sinope (c. 404-323 BCE) was a Greek Cynic philosopher best known for holding a lantern to the faces of the citizens of Athens claiming he was searching for an honest man. He was most likel...

An unfinished tome reveals the late Stephen Hawking’s musings on life’s biggest mysteries

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Stephen Hawking’s musings on life’s biggest mysteries

Stephen Hawking: The book that made him a star

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About famous book by Stephen Hawking

Inside wheelchair-bound Lothario Stephen Hawking’s improbable, steamy love life

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Love-life of Hawking

Composer Profile: Vincenzo Bellini, Bel Canto Master Of Fluid Melody

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Vincenzo Bellini is one of the most famous composers of the bel canto era.

Harriet Martineau (1802–1876), from Unitarianism to Agnosticism

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Harriet Martineau is best known for her journalistic contributions on a vast number of controversial issues that agitated the early and mid-Victorian period. Her many radical stances on such issues as...

What the Iranian scholar Albiruni said about Hindus, echoed centuries later by Vivekananda

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The earliest, indeed the very first, dialogue between a Muslim scientist and Hindu thought took place when Albiruni (971-1039) arrived in India in the second decade of the eleventh century in circumst...

Remembering Al-Biruni – the first anthropologist

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Everyone who heads to Google today will notice that the search giant has provided a new Google doodle, celebrating the anniversary of Abu Raihan Al-Biruni, a Muslim scholar often regarded as one ...

How to Be a Good Manager: Anna Wintour’s Management Tips

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In 2013, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour was appointed artistic director of Condé Nast, meaning she oversees the creative direction of all of the titles in the company’s portfolio except for Th...

How Michael Jordan became great: ‘Nobody will ever work as hard as I work’

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In 1982, Michael Jordan was just a teenager — he wasn’t even yet the best player on his University of North Carolina basketball team. He still had to write home to his mother asking for stamp...

How Michael Jordan's Mindset Made Him a Great Competitor

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Michael Jordan is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. In fact, he's arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time. He was a four-time gold medalist with USA Basketb...

Tony Hawk Wants to See Skateboarding Everywhere

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When Tony Hawk first picked up a skateboard in the 1970s, he didn’t see skaters in their 50s on the streets or skate parks around his hometown of San Diego.“The unspoken rule was once you reached ...

THE LEGEND OF GRETZKY

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Buck O’Neil would say something wonderful about Negro Leagues player Cool Papa Bell. You probably know about Cool Papa’s speed. The stories are fun — he was so fast he got hit with his own line ...

Why Wayne Gretzky is the Greatest Athlete Ever

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Awestruck pundits used to say he played with eyes in the back of his head. Wayne Gretzky simply shrugged off the hyperbole and said he followed instinct by anticipating where the puck was going and fo...

Advice to my younger self: Ashton Eaton

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Ashton,I know as a young child growing up you are a big fan of Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers. You love their athleticism, their fancy flips, and how they try and make the world better - so you try t...

Murderers Leopold and Loeb gain national attention

history.com
Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks is abducted from a Chicago, Illinois, street and killed in what later proves to be one of the most unusual murders in American history. The killers, Nathan Leopold and R...

Leopold and Loeb’s Criminal Minds

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Nathan Leopold was in a bad mood. That evening, on November 10, 1923, he had agreed to drive with his friend and lover, Richard Loeb, from Chicago to the University of Michigan—a journey of six hour...

A Brain Injury Turned These 7 People Into Accidental Geniuses

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Is there a secret to genius?  Is it simply a function of having the right brain patterns, or is there a deeper mechanism at work? A blow to the head can sometimes unveil hidden artistic or i...

Stories of 10 people who develop new talent after brain injury

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This article speaks the story of 10 ordinary people who become acquired savants. How one incident makes them special, turn them into a genius and changed their lives? They hadn't born talented, but th...

Christopher M. Langan Interview

superscholar.org
Christopher Michael Langan lays legitimate claim to having the highest IQ of anyone in the United States. He is a scholar in the original sense of the word. Scholar in its Greek root refers to leisure...

11-Year-Old Adragon De Mello Has Everything a Boy Could Want—except Admission to a Ph.d Program

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Adragon Eastwood De Mello accepted his 15 minutes of fame with equanimity: Meeting the press in cap and gown, he said a few words about how pleased he was to be a college graduate, then went home to p...

‘Boy genius,’ father finally finding peace

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Adragon De Mello, the once-famous child prodigy who earned a college degree at 11, looked at his father incarcerated at the Santa Cruz County Jail.This was not the man he remembered, not the man he ha...

Top 11 Things You Didn't Know About Nikola Tesla

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Nikola Tesla in or around 1890, when the inventor was in his mid-30s. | Photo is in the public domain. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.11. Tesla was born on July 10, 1856, in the Austrian Em...

Let There Be Light: An Exploration of the Life of Nikola Tesla

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A great deal is known about Nikola Tesla’s origins—namely, his country and people, to which and of whom he attributed so great a deal. The inventor recognized that he came from an extremely confli...

The Rise and Fall of Nikola Tesla and his Tower

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By the end of his brilliant and tortured life, the Serbian physicist, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla was penniless and living in a small New York City hotel room. He spent days in a park surrounde...

How Talia Leman started her organization at 10

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At 10 years old, Talia Leman already had the business acumen of a self-made billionaire. After being struck by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she decided to help the storm’s victims b...

Johann Reuchlin

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Johann Reuchlin (b. 1455–d. 1522) studied Roman law and Greek in Freiburg, Paris, Basel, Orleans, and Tübingen, where he became doctor of laws in 1485. But it was on diplomatic missions to Italy fo...

Theophrastus on geophytes

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The nature of the geophilous organs of the geophytes described by Theophrastus (371-287 B.C.) in Historia Planiarum and De Causis Planlarum is presented and discussed. Most of the geophytes and the hy...

John Burroughs

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John Burroughs (b. 1837–d. 1921) was perhaps the best-known and most widely read American nature writer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but he is largely unknown and unread toda...

Lamarck and the nucleosome: evolution and environment across 200 years

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Amongst prominent biological scientists of the past 300 years, Lamarck is one of the most widely misunderstood. His distinguished and influential contributions to the taxonomy of plants and invertebra...

Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

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More quoted than read, hailed as a prophet or vilified as a confused mind, Lamarck remains an enigmatic figure in the history of evolution theories. A reading of his entire corpus reveals a naturalist...

Lamarck, Evolution, and the Inheritance of Acquired Characters

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Scientists are not always remembered for the ideas they cherished most. In the case of the French biologist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, his name since the end of the nineteenth century has been tightly lin...

Jane Goodall: How she redefined mankind

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In February 1935, the year of King George V’s Silver Jubilee, a chimpanzee at London Zoo called Boo-Boo gave birth to a baby daughter. A couple of months later, a little blonde-haired girl was given...

Stephen Hawking - will AI kill or save humankind?

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Two years ago Stephen Hawking told the BBC that the development of full artificial intelligence, could spell the end of the human race.

Behind Nate Silver’s war with The New York Times

politico.com
Nate Silver made his name as The New York Times’ data guru, creating the methodology that predicted Barack Obama’s reelection.Now, Silver’s method seems to be to stir up trouble for the Times.Th...

The Fall of Nate Silver

newrepublic.com
Did he change, or did we? For weeks now, Nate Silver has been morphing before our eyes into exactly the kind of bloviator he made his name mocking. Tired perhaps of the slow and predictable business o...

The Professor of Baseball

newyorker.com
The Boston Red Sox really want to beat the Yankees. The team’s president and C.E.O., Larry Lucchino, has declared the Yanks an “evil empire,” and the principal owner, John Henry, speaks of being...

SO WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS?

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Of the 10 top single-season base stealers in modern history, eight played for second-place teams. I mention this not because it proves the point I'm going to make, but merely because I think it's an i...

Stats pioneer Bill James: Don’t blame us for boring baseball

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BOSTON (AP) — The analytics crowd isn’t accepting blame for baseball’s big slowdown.“I plead not guilty,” statistics pioneer Bill James said on Friday. “I don’t have nothin’ to do with...

The man who got rich on data - years before Google

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Amazon, Alphabet, Alibaba, Facebook, Tencent - five of the world's 10 most valuable companies, all less than 25 years old - and all got rich, in their own ways, on data.No wonder it's become common to...

Chris Hirata *05: Studying the Far Side of the Final Frontier

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Chris Hirata *05 has always been ahead of his time. In elementary school, he was doing calculus and advanced physics. At 14, when he was about to graduate from high school and begin college at Caltech...

Alan Guth shares $1 million Kavli Prize in Astrophysics

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Alan Guth, the Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics at MIT, was awarded the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics, announced yesterday by the Kavli Foundation in Oslo, linked by satellite to a session at th...

10 Questions for Alan Guth, Pioneer of the Inflationary Model of the Universe

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Buried under a mountain of papers and empty Coke Zero bottles, Alan Guth ponders the origins of the cosmos. A world-renowned theoretical physicist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Techn...

The Man Who Put the "Big" in "Big Bang": Alan Guth on Inflation

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On the night of December 6, 1979--32 years ago today--Alan Guth had the “spectacular realization” that would soon turn cosmology on its head. He imagined a mind-bogglingly brief event, at the very...

Yes, Stephen Hawking Lied To Us All About How Black Holes Decay

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The Universe is out there, waiting for you to discover it. Black Holes explanation

End of the world: Stephen Hawking’s prediction for humanity after solving ‘cosmic puzzle

express.co.uk
THE END OF THE WORLD was predicted by Professor Stephen Hawking, and the genius believed solving a "cosmic puzzle" could be key to humanity's survival.

5 Lessons From the Life of Oprah

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Best known for her multi-award-winning daytime talk show, Winfrey has also created a television network (OWN), earned the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, b...

UNDERESTIMATING MARILYN VOS SAVANT

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On September 9th of 1990, Marilyn Vos Savant sat in her office reading her Parade magazine column. After about a week, she had received more than 10,000 letters debating her response to a problem on a...

The cleverest person answers your questions

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Last month, FT Weekend Magazine featured a story about Marilyn vos Savant, who has the world’s highest recorded IQ – 228. She grew up in St Louis, Missouri, the daughter of German and Italian immi...

The Time Everyone “Corrected” the World’s Smartest Woman

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Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1946, the young savant quickly developed an aptitude for math and science. At age 10, she was given two intelligence tests -- the Stanford-Binet, and the Mega Test -- bo...

Did Marco Polo “Discover” America?

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For a guy who claimed to spend 17 years in China as a confidant of Kublai Khan, Marco Polo left a surprisingly skimpy paper trail. No Asian sources mention the footloose Italian. The only record of hi...

Marco Polo's odyssey spawned one of the world's first best sellers

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The world-famous explorer Marco Polo is credited with many things, but perhaps the greatest is compiling one of the world’s first best-selling travelogues. Published around 1300, the book chronicles...

Marco Polo in China — or not

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Marco Polo's book — The Travels, The Description of the World, II Milione, or whatever we prefer to call it — is unquestionably the best known of all contemporary sources on that unprecedented his...

The search for John Franklin and the discovery of the Northwest Passage

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The many searches for the missing explorer John Franklin led to the discovery of all the Arctic waterways. The knowledge gained from these voyages helped Amundsen to finally cross the Northwest Passag...

How the Discovery of Two Lost Ships Solved an Arctic Mystery

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In 1848, the Franklin expedition’s two ships, H.M.S. Erebus and H.M.S. Terror, disappeared with all their crew while searching for the Northwest Passage. Their fate is one of the enduring mysteries ...

Sir John Franklin's last arctic expedition: a medical disaster

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Many readers of this Journal must have walked through Waterloo Place, at the southern end of Lower Regent Street in London, on their way to the Athenaeum, the Royal Society, the Royal College of Patho...

Creating the American Nation

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George Washington, the commander in chief of the American Revolutionary Army, was the ever practical military leader, president of the Federal Constitutional Convention, and first president of the Uni...

Rene Schwaller de Lubicz and the Intelligence of the Heart

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René Schwaller de Lubicz (1887–1961) is known to English readers primarily for his work in uncovering the spiritual and cosmological insights of ancient Egypt. In books like Esotericism and Symbol,...

THE CALL OF FIRE: THE HERMETIC QUEST OF RENÉ SCHWALLER DE LUBICZ

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René Adolphe Schwaller was born on 30 December 1887 in Strasbourg—the vignoble region of France that straddles the border of Rhineland Germany. [3] Schwaller would acquire two more names in th...

Mary Anning: how a poor, Victorian woman became one of the world’s greatest palaeontologists

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Lyme Regis is an almost obnoxiously gorgeous town in Dorset in the west of England, perched atop the cliffs of the world-heritage listed Jurassic Coast. Thanks to a campaign set off by a local 10-year...

The forgotten fossil hunter who transformed Britain’s Jurassic Coast

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If you had lived in Victorian times, you’d have spotted her, perhaps, at the foot of Church Cliff to the east of Lyme Regis, a seaside town on England’s southwest coast. She’d have a wicker bask...

Mary Anning: the unsung hero of fossil discovery

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Mary Anning was a pioneering palaeontologist and fossil collector. Her lifetime was a constellation of firsts.Mary Anning was born in 1799 in Lyme Regis, in the southwest English county of Dorset. Lym...

Joseph Leidy: The last man who knew everything

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Joseph Leidy (1823-1891) paid tremendous attention to detail. His science “was visual, descriptive, and particularizing.” He should have been a dermatologist. Had he become as fascinated by the sk...

Zuckerberg’s cash fuels GOP suspicion and new election rules

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DENVER (AP) — When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $400 million to help fund election offices as they scrambled to deal with the coronavirus pandemic late last summer, he said he hoped he w...

What Can We Learn About Business from Henry Ford?

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Henry Ford is one of the most famous businessmen of all time.American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company, his foresight revolutionized the transportation industry and enabled many peo...

The Canadian behind Henry Ford

archive.macleans.ca
Among the handful of men who can be credited with launching or triggering the staggering industrial development of North America since the turn of the century the name of James Couzens is seldom, if e...

The Evolution of Elon Musk: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

adalo.com
As someone who considers themselves up-to-date with the latest news and trends on everything design and innovation, I was taken aback when I saw a Facebook post back in December. My friend was calling...

61 Books Elon Musk Thinks You Should Read

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Although his days are presumably filled with Tesla, SpaceX, cyber pigs and lots and lots of tweeting, it seems Elon Musk also finds the time to make reading part of his routine. The billionaire busine...

Elon Musk, the Rocket Man With a Sweet Ride

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Five, four, three...” At T-minus three seconds white flames explode from the 22-story rocket. “Two, one. Liftoff.” The night sky erupts with light and fire and clouds of smoke, as nine engines g...

Sir Ian McKellen: ‘What does old mean? Quite honestly I feel about 12’

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Oh, birthdays,” Sir Ian McKellen growls, on the occasion of his 82nd. “At my age I don’t do birthdays.” The wider world has not yet been informed, however, and cheerful cards have come in stac...

Of matters spatial

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Sheila Sriprakash, a pioneering woman architect, has the distinction of having started and operated her own architectural firm, ‘Shilpa Architects’ in 1979. In a career spanning more than three de...

India’s pioneering woman architect, Sheila Sri Prakash, at SHARE International Architecture and Engineering Forum Bucharest 2017

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The first SHARE International Architecture and Engineering Forum edition in Bucharest is scheduled for 21-22 March 2017. Here we will have the honor to host Mrs. Sheila Sri Prakash as the special gues...

When the Parthenon had dazzling colours

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When the Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema first showed his work, Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to his Friends, there must have been a pleasing circularity in play: a painter proudl...

Phidias: The Greatest Sculptor Of Antiquity

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Phidias was by far the most famous ancient Greek sculptor. The Greeks spoke of his sculptures as if they were gods themselves and their creator earned a seat amongst the greatest artists of all times....

Mimar Sinan: The Ottoman Empire's Most Important Architect

theculturetrip.com
Considered to be the greatest Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan was the Ottoman Empire’s State Architect for a decade, transforming the landscape of Istanbul as well as other Turkish cities with his ma...
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Lycurgus: Mysterious Spartan Lawgiver

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Sparta has fascinated people for thousands of years. One of the most, if not the most important figure in all of Spartan history was Lycurgus, the great lawgiver. The interesting thing is that we know...
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Lycurgus Lawgiver of Sparta

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Athens had its Solon, the law-giver, and Sparta, its Lycurgus—at least that's what we like to believe. Like the origins of the reforms of Lycurgus, the man himself is wrapped in legend.Plutarch on L...
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Imagining the Rule of Law: Rereading the Grotian ‘Tradition’

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International law exists in the slippery zone between abstract speculation on binding principles and realistic deference to power. The position of Hugo Grotius as ‘father’ of international law, th...
Law

Leibniz as legal scholar

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These days, Leibniz is very famous for his contributions to philosophy, especially in the field of metaphysics, and to mathematics, especially for the invention of calculus and the binary numeral syst...
Law

The great defender

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Eighty-five years ago, on 2 June 1924, during a blistering early summer in Chicago, a ravaged courtroom bruiser stepped into the future. Clarence Darrow, with his seamed face and stooped shoulders mak...
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Clarence Darrow Finally Returns to Dayton

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When Clarence Darrow came to Dayton, Tennessee, in 1925 to help defend John Scopes in the famous “Monkey Trial,” he was greeted by religious signs, a religious town, religious prosecutors, and a r...
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Meet Michael Kearney: The youngest person in the world to graduate from a university This week you met, here at Olhar Digital, the little belgian genius Laurent Simons, who, at just 11 years old, completed a degree in physics at the University of Antwerp in 12 months – a course that lasts three years. But Simons is not the youngest in history to graduate from a college.He trails American Michael Kearney, a BA in anthropology from the University of South Alabama, who graduated at age ten in 1994. Kearney, who is in the Guinness Book, is also the youngest to complete high school, a feat he has accomplished at 8 years old. ...
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Was Tycho Brahe as Influential as he Thought?
Through the years there have been subtle changes in the evaluations of the work of Tycho Brahe. As one examines the tracts dealing with novae and comets in which reference is made to the nova of 1572 or the comet of 1577, it becomes quite evident that in different parts of Europe and in the Near East and at different periods of time and among men of different religious convictions different values were placed on his work. The extent of his influence should be distinguished from the measure of his achievements. Moreover, his importance cannot be completely separated from that of ...
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The Life and Travels of Franz Joseph Haydn
May 31st marked the 208th anniversary of the death of Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn also known as the “Father of the Symphony.” Throughout his career, Haydn composed 106 symphonies and played a major role in the development of chamber music, one of the foundational genres of classical music.Haydn grew up in the town of Roharu, Austria. When his parents noticed his musical talents, he was enrolled at a young age to sing at St. Stephen's cathedral in Vienna, where he would also learn how to play keyboard and violin. At the age of 16, Haydn was forced out of St. Stephen's choir b...
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Thomas Paine’s Attitudes Toward Religion Impacted His Legacy, Author Says
WASHINGTON, October 18, 2019 — Thomas Paine's open call for American independence from Great Britain in Common Sense inspired revolutionaries across the 13 colonies to revolt against the crown. The ripple of insurrection across the Atlantic earned Paine notoriety—and infamy—through the prolific distribution of his pamphlet and his support of the French Revolution. But Paine’s many other accomplishments in writing, poetry, science, and engineering have failed to appeal to the American public as treasured relics of history because of Paine’s scathing criticism of organized religion, according...
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Sir Walter Raleigh and Evolution
I HAVE recently come across a passage in Sir Walter Raleigh's “History of the World” which seems to me sufficiently remarkable for the author to deserve a notable place among those early naturalists who anticipated in some measure the modern views on evolution. In the historical sketch at the beginning of the “Origin of Species” Darwin quotes Buffon, who was born a century and a half later than Raleigh, as “the first author who in modern times has treated the subject in a scientific spirit”; but although, scientifically, Raleigh cannot be compared with Buffon, the fact of his having penned ...
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