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Tuesday, 08 January 2019

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In the sciences there are at least 3 contenders:

The World Wide Web
The Human Genome Project
The Large Hadron Collider

The WWW has had the most influence so far. With luck the HGP will overtake it and eliminate the need for things like death ray treatments.

Lewis Hamilton? I'm not sure he achieved much of his success before the age of 16.

The first name that came to my mind was Roger Bannister.

Driving racing cars is a sport?

How about Jesse Owens? He really threw a spanner in Adolph's ideas of racial superiority.

AussieD, that one event went so much deeper than just sports.

In the arena of philosophy and social criticism, Friedrich Nietzsche probably had an outsized influence on the 20th century even though he died at its dawn. It seems his thoughts have spilled into the 21st century with looming deadly consequences. Eg, "The doctrine of equality! There exists no more poisonous poison: for it seems to be preached by justice itself, while it is the end of justice." The 'SJW' movement is living proof.

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