Whether they mark an achievement or an artistic undertaking, these great minds has left their influence on the world in many ways that are next to impossible to replicate.
Have you ever wondered or wished to talk with the greatest minds in history? If yes, unfortunately, they all are dead now. Unless you are clairaudient, you can’t have a word with them. But for now, you can still read the words left by them. Through the historical records, there have been many figures that have changed the world with their inspiration and perception.
Plato was not only a philosopher but also a mathematician in classical Greece. He preferred bringing his work to life, evolving thoughts and ideas in the form of the dialogue between characters. He always used a remarkably innovative approach. He used to blur the lines between entertainment and philosophy and challenge the reader to scan their own beliefs.
Plato was considered as the important figure in the development of western tradition, philosophy and he was also the founder of Academy in Athens, the first ever institution of higher learning in the western world.
Born on 26th April 1564, William Shakespeare was a playwright, English poet and even considered as the greatest writer in the English language. He produced many of his works between 1589 and 1613. Initially, his plays were based on comedy and history and were regarded as some of the best work produced in these genres. While many of us assume his past life to be great, the reality is quite opposite.
There are a number of times where he was disappeared from the records, the popular image of this great minded person was based on three portraits. Two out of three were produced after his death and the one left is not a depiction of him at all. With an estimated 4 billion copies of his work sold, he is still ranked as the best-selling fiction author of all time. (12.1)
When you are talking about the great minds throughout the history, how can you forget Sir Isaac Newton? The mathematician and English physicist is regarded as the building block of the engineering feats. First published in 1687, Principia Mathematica evolved the mathematical principles showcasing the gravity and motion. During his productive 30 year period he invented calculus, discovered the most effective telescope and even invented generalized binomial theorem. The most surprising fact about Sir Isaac Newton is when he died; his collection of notes collected some 10 million words. (12.2)
Marie Skłodowska Curie aka Marie Curie was a chemist, French physicist who conducted study and research on radioactivity. Curie, alongside her husband Pierre, discovered two new elements radium and polonium and proved that some kinds of rocks gave off vast quantities of energy without getting altered in any visible way. This discovery gave her first of her two Nobel prizes. She was the first person and only woman to win Nobel Prize in different sciences.
You must have heard that Albert Einstein has failed in Mathematics. But to be true, he never failed in math instead he excelled the subject and mastered integral calculus and differential when he was just 15 years old. He is another great minded person in history who developed the general theories of relativity and bagged the Nobel Prize in 1921 for his explanation for the photoelectric effect. (12.3)
Very few of people know that Benjamin Franklin was just 17 years old he ran away to find his own fortune. Luckily, he succeeded in the fashion world and became the wealthiest men in America. Though this was not his foremost goal, he was much passionate about improving his fellow man. He set up a library, founded a college that would go on become the University of Pennsylvania and even created a volunteer firefighting organization. Besides a businessman, he was an inventor, a scientist, and a mathematician. His first discovery was the lightning bolts that could be taken as the natural phenomenon rather than a sign of the angry god.
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