Idols through the Centuries
Sir Isaac Newton
He invented the reflecting telescope and explained why and how every single macroscopic object in the entire Universe moves as it does. He also invented the pet door.
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
He could do anything. Engineer, inventor, anatomist, architect, mathematician, geologist, musician, cartographer, botanist, writer, sculptor. He invented the sniper rifle, the parachute about 300 years before Louis-Sebastien Lenormand claimed the honor in the late 1700s, the hang glider about 400 years before it really took off. The design was based on a bird’s wings, the helicopter, but couldn’t figure a method for getting it airborne, the tank, the pivoting scissors by bolting two knives together.
His sculptures are not as well known as those of Michelangelo, da Vinci sculpted a 24 feet high gigantic horse out of poured bronze that was completed in 1998.
Da Vinci was a good painter.
The man with the lion’s share and a great writer in English. Famous quote in English literature. “to be or not to be.”
He only had a grammar school education and worked as an actor before becoming a playwright. Shakespeare’s seamless blend of the finest poetry. Hamlet and King Lear are universally acclaimed masterpieces which all other drama, before and after, is judged.
- 1300–c. 1180 B.C.
Moses is regarded as the greatest prophet of the Old Testament.
The Pharaoh’s daughter, named Bithiah, found the infant Moses in a basket floating in the Nile and took him as her own son. She named him after the Hebrew verb “to draw,” since she drew him out of the river.
Moses met God for the first time and God showed himself in the form of a burning bush. Moses returned to Egypt.
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References: Top 10 Most Famous People – Listverse