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Ben Franklin's bifocals Saturday, June 28, 2008

Painter Peter Paul Rubens
[1577 - Peter Paul Rubens, artist, born in Siegen, Westphalia]

Minister John Wesley
[1703 - John Wesley, minister, born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England]

Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau
[1712 - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher, born in Geneva, Switzerland]

Academy Award-winning composer Richard Rodgers
[1902 - Richard Rodgers, Academy Award-winning composer, born Long Island, New York]

Anthropologist Ashley Montagu
[1905 - Ashley Montague (Israel Ehrenberg), anthropologist, born in London]

Scientist Maria Goeppert Mayer
[1906 - Maria Goeppert Mayer, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, born in Kattowitz, Upper Silesia, then Germany]

[1914 - World War I begins]

[1919 - Germany and Allies sign Treaty of Versailles, formally ending World War I]

Universal Law

A Young Albert Einstein

Einstein's first gift to the world you see,
Was the Special Theory of Relativity.
A long time passed before fame or fortune,
Rewarded him in proper proportion.

Einstein geting the idea for his theories

E=mc2 - Perhaps it looked too simple,
To be a revolutionary new principle.
After all it only seemed to define,
A key relationship for all mankind.

A smart donkey nods to e=mc2

Then all at once the paradigm shifted,
With an Atomic Age we now were gifted.
If mass to energy is so easily converted,
Some of our thinking must be inverted.
Einstein playing with the atom Einstein's concept of a sphere orbiting gravity well

A-Bomb mushroom cloud with scary lightning effects Einstein shaking his head no

William's Whimsical Words:

1905 was a remarkable year in which Einstein rewrote the laws of physics.

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