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Old November 10th, 2017, 11:47 AM   #211
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Originally Posted by Peaceful View Post
All ideas are built upon ideas and so there's nothing that special about someone who has come up with something a little but different to what has gone before.

To be number one, you have to be looking at someone who caused a great watershed in history.

There have only been a few instances of what you could call a watershed: the people who mastered fire and all it led to, the Protestant Reformation, and the Industrial Revolution.

So, on that basis, it would be: the person who mastered fire, Martin Luther and someone in England who came up with a piece of technology which broke with the past and led to everything that came after.
As for the Industrial Revolution, it might have been William Paterson, who helped, in a large way, to bring about the Act of Union with Scotland which led to political stability, Abraham Darby I who produced iron with coke when charcoal was scarce, John Kay's flying shuttle that led to the spinning jenny then to the water frame then to the power loom, and Thomas Newcomen who created the first practical steam engine, and others, of course, lol.
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Old November 15th, 2017, 10:32 AM   #212
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no Alexander Hamilton? Thanks a lot Jefferson.
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Old November 15th, 2017, 11:59 AM   #213

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See, https://thatsmaths.com/2014/07/24/in...-or-discovery/

I.E. - "Newton and Leibniz were free to choose their definitions and their choices were creative or inventive. The definitions of derivative and integral having been made, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus that relates them is an automatic, although far from obvious, consequence, awaiting discovery"
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Old November 15th, 2017, 01:07 PM   #214

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Originally Posted by Raleigh St. Claire View Post
100 reasons why astrophysicists shouldn't write history books.

I ask, why? » Pergunto eu, porquê?
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Old November 15th, 2017, 01:16 PM   #215

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My choice is everyone 100
Because each had its time, as others have had and is not on this list.
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Old November 24th, 2017, 06:40 AM   #216

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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post
OP is the name of the book by astrophysicist Michael J. Hart,who wrote 3 books on history.His most famous is this one.

I'm sure some of you have heard(and perhaps read)this book.It's one of the most famous books of it's kind.But for those who haven't,here's the full list:

Your thoughts?Anyone too low,too high?Notables,missing from the list,as well as those who don't deserve to be on it?
This narrow and culturally myopic list is overwhelmingly Eurocentric and English-speaking. It is beyond a joke. I condemn this biased, short-sighted and nefarious attempt by Michael J Hart to distort history by making 95% + of the names white westerners.

Where is al Ghazali? Where is Ibn Rushd? Where is Muhammad al Idrissi? Where is al Khwarezmi? Ibn Arabi? And many others?

What about Hafez? Rumi? Shams Tabrizi? Where is Suleyman the Magnificent? Where is Nader Shah? What about Harun al Rashid? Sultan Salahuddin Yousef Ayoubi? Mustafa Kemal Ataturk?

This list needs a lot of work before it is even remotely balanced.

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