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Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:24 AM
In essence, Marx and Engels had the idle time to develop Marxism due to the wealth of the Engels family. Now, isn’t that special?
  • How did we get here? Part 11
    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:24 AM
    In essence, Marx and Engels had the idle time to develop Marxism due to the wealth of the Engels family. Now, isn’t that special?
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  • How did we get here? Part 10
    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:25 PM
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-65) was born in poverty in Kentucky. Largely self-educated, Lincoln had a tremendous drive and sense of right and wrong. When asked as an adult to fill out a form once, in response to the question “Education?,” he wrote “inadequate.”
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  • How did we get here? Part 9
    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 10:35 AM
    I last left you with Thomas Jefferson in bucolic Virginia. We now need to go across the Atlantic Ocean and visit with a few French folks. First up is Marquis de Lafayette, born in 1757, 14 years after Thomas Jefferson. He was commissioned as an officer in the French military at the ripe old age of 13. A fan of the American Revolution, he was instrumental in France supporting the colonists and was a key figure in the colonists’ ability to win the war.
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  • How did we get here? Part 8
    Monday, April 19, 2021 6:59 AM
    We are approaching, but not quite at, the middle of my list of people who shaped our modern world. Up through John Harrison – our subject last week – you might have thought of these people as living in very olden times. I think the tone will begin to change now, as we start talking about people of what I would consider more modern times.
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  • How did we get here? Part 7
    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:43 AM
    John Harrison needed the math of Newton and Leibenz, and Britain needed the work of Harrison to manage its colonies through the communications tool of the day – sailing ships. Unless you have studied certain navigational subjects, you have likely never heard of John Harrison, but he is key to modern commerce (at least up to the point where we threw satellites up in the sky to aid in navigation).
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  • How did we get here? Part 6
    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 1:06 PM
    Newton was born in 1642 and died in 1726. He never married. His life spanned many other interesting lives of the time. Galileo died the year he was born. He had only been deceased for 10 years when George Washington was born. There are others in between we will discuss.
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  • How did we get here? Part 5
    Thursday, April 1, 2021 7:40 AM
    Pascal had a dramatic conversion experience in November 1654 and after that wrote a number of famous religious treatises. We will see this theme again shortly, a mixture of mathematics, physics and deep Christian religious faith.
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  • How did we get here? Part 4
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 11:37 AM
    Galileo was born in 1564 (along with Shakespeare) and died in 1642, outliving Shakespeare by 26 years. Galileo’s full name was Galileo di Vincenzo Bonaiuti de' Galilei. He was from Pisa, Italy. Galileo invented the thermoscope (predecessor to the modern thermometer), various styles of military compasses and other scientific instruments. He is best known, however, for his work with the telescope.
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  • How did we get here: Part 3
    Saturday, March 20, 2021 6:10 PM
    So, where did Christopher Columbus get the idea that he could travel west to go east; that is, leave Europe going west and end up in India? Actually, it was already a very old understanding that the Earth was round when he embarked.
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  • How did we get here? Part 2
    Thursday, March 11, 2021 6:46 PM
    Christopher Columbus, or whatever his name was, bumped into specks of the western hemisphere (islands) around 1492. And quite literally, he did bump into these places, a phenomenon we will clear up when we get to the 1700s and discuss John Harrison.
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