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Old January 6th, 2013, 08:16 AM   #51
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Rene Descartes too belongs in that elite club. I would rate him on par with Newton.
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Old January 6th, 2013, 02:22 PM   #52

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Imhotep
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Old January 6th, 2013, 02:38 PM   #53

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Al-Jahiz was another medieval polymath. He was notable as a writer, poet, satirist, grammarian, rhetorician, logician, lexicographer, theologian, administrator, biologist, zoologist and psychologist.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 09:38 AM   #54

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Da Vinci should be on everyone's list. Aristotle, Albert the Great, Descartes, Newton
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Old January 7th, 2013, 10:01 AM   #55

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I don't think Eratosthenes or Thomas Aquinas have been mentioned yet. (Though Eratosthenes was known as 'Beta' because he was supposedly second best at everything.)
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Al-Jahiz was another medieval polymath. He was notable as a writer, poet, satirist, grammarian, rhetorician, logician, lexicographer, theologian, administrator, biologist, zoologist and psychologist.
Good that his name came up. I wonder how many have even heard of this 8th century genius. Reading his works (what fraction of it survived), one would get the impression that Charles Darwin plagiarized on him.

'Natural selection', 'inheritance of traits' etc. (not speciation, though) were al-Jahiz's idea.

P.S. It appears that al-Jahiz's works had definite influence:

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His book was a major influence on Arab scholars of the 11th to 14th centuries, and the Latin translations of their work in turn became known to Charles Darwin and his predecessors, Linnaeus, Buffon and Lamarck.[7]
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Jahi...y_of_Evolution

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Old January 7th, 2013, 11:53 PM   #57

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Aristotle
ibn Sina (Avicenna)
al-Ghazzali
Da Vinci
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Old January 8th, 2013, 12:36 AM   #58

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Leonardo Da Vinci
Aristotle
Shen Kuo
Pythagoras
Archimedes
Ibn al-Haytham
Su Song
Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī
Heron of Alexandria
Imhotep
Ibn Firnas
Al-Jahiz

Sorry I know this is more then five, just couldn't help myself

Also I didn't number them since I find it hard to compare them
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Old January 8th, 2013, 01:41 AM   #59

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Leonardo Da Vinci
Aristotle
Shen Kuo
Pythagoras
Archimedes
Ibn al-Haytham
Su Song
Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī
Heron of Alexandria
Imhotep
Ibn Firnas
Al-Jahiz

Sorry I know this is more then five, just couldn't help myself

Also I didn't number them since I find it hard to compare them
That's some list!
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That's some list!
Wow thanks
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