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Famous People – Isaac Asimov

Posted by quotes on January 16, 2007

Famous People – Isaac Asimov

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
– Isaac Asimov ( Famous Quotes )

Dr. Isaac Asimov (c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was a Russian-born American author of science fiction and science books. He was also a professor of biochemistry.

Asimov wrote or edited more than five hundred books and an estimated nine thousand letters and postcards, and has works in every major category of the Dewey Decimal System except Philosophy. Asimov is widely considered a master of the science-fiction genre and, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, was considered one of the “Big Three” science-fiction writers during his lifetime.[2] Asimov’s most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series. He penned numerous short stories, among them “Nightfall”, which was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best of its kind up to 1964. He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of non-fiction. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.

Most of Asimov’s popularized science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage. He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms. Examples include his Guide to Science, the three volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov’s Chronology of Science and Discovery.

Asimov was a long-time member and Vice President of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly; he described the members of that organization as “intellectually combative”. He took more joy in being President of the American Humanist Association. The asteroid 5020 Asimov, the magazine Asimov’s Science Fiction, and two different Isaac Asimov Awards are named in his honor.

More information can about Isaac Asimov be found here

One of Isaac Asimov’s most famous inventions is the invention of the Three Laws of Robotics

In the science fiction of Isaac Asimov, the Three Laws of Robotics are a set of three rules which almost all positronic robots must obey.

Introduced in his 1942 short story “Runaround”, the Laws state:

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Later, a “Zeroth law” was added: a robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.

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Famous People – Famous People of Canada

Posted by quotes on January 14, 2007

Famous People

Biographies of Famous People of Canada

Here is a very interesting resource:

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

This site has biographies of many people who were involved in the history and development of Canada.  Many of these Canadians are not really that famous but there are some very famous Canadians among the lot.

Here is part of a biography as an example:

Further into this biography, it appears to me that John became what we would call a pirate today.

ABRAHAM, JOHN, governor of Port Nelson; fl. 1672–89.

He joined the HBC about 1672 and served in James Bay 1672–75 and 1676–78 under Governor Charles Bayly, against whom he brought charges of mismanagement. In 1679 Abraham was appointed second to John Nixon, Bayly’s successor and although he absconded with an advance of salary at sailing time, he was engaged in 1681 as mate of the Diligence (Capt. Nehemiah Walker) and wintered in James Bay.

Despite Nixon’s criticisms of him, Abraham was promoted captain of the George in 1683, his destination being Port Nelson, where Governor John Bridgar had gone in 1682 to establish a fort. En route Abraham assisted Nehemiah Walker to capture the interloper Expectation and, on arrival, finding that the Company’s post had been destroyed and that Bridgar, with Benjamin Gillam* the New England interloper, had been captured and taken to Quebec by Radisson* and Chouart Des Groseilliers, he assumed command. After a winter spent harassing and competing with Jean-Baptiste Chouart, Des Groseilliers’s son, Abraham was homeward-bound when he received a commission as governor of Port Nelson. He returned and during his first weeks of office York Fort was built under George Geyer’s supervision and an attack, made by the newly arrived M. de Bermen* de La Martinière of the Compagnie du Nord, was repulsed. After a winter of friction the French withdrew in 1685.

Read more about ABRAHAM, JOHN here.

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Famous People – Edmund Burke

Posted by quotes on January 13, 2007

Famous People – Edmund Burke

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

This famous quote was from British statesman Edmund Burke, who was born yesterday, January 12, 1729.

Considered the most influential orator in the House of Commons, Burke stands out in history, for, as a member of the British Parliament, he defended the rights of the American colonies and strongly opposed the slave trade.  

Edmund Burke stated: “What is liberty without…virtue? It is…madness, without restraint. Men are qualified for liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites.”

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Quotes – Famous Quotes by Famous People

Posted by quotes on January 3, 2007

Quotes – Famous Quotes by Famous People

TV commercials now show you how detergents take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you’ve got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn’t your biggest problem.
– Jerry Seinfeld
 

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National Ledger Famous People Predictions For 2007

Posted by quotes on January 3, 2007

The National Ledger’s Satirist Ted Sherman has taken a shot at nearly every famous person from 2006 by predicting what should happen to them in 2007.

 http://www.nationalledger.com/artman/publish/article_272610734.shtml

In part, the list looks like this: 

What Will (Or Should) Happen To Famous People In 2007?

By Satirist Ted Sherman
Jan 1, 2007

Now that the New Year is upon us, all the forecasters, futurists, seers, stargazers, prognosticators and predictors have studied their crystal balls, tea leaves and eye of newt, and have come up with next year’s events. Here are some of the most important they say are sure to occur:

1. The new hit TV show in Iraq will be, “Hangin’ With Mr. Hussein”.

2. Mel Gibson and Michael Richards will promise to stop trying to talk with their feet caught in their mouths.

3. Russia’s Vladmir Putin will admit poisoning Fidel Castro, but wonders why the hell it’s taking so damn long to work.

4. Jennifer Lopez will give birth to an entire village of African children, and Madonna will adopt them.

5. FEMA will rush to the rescue of survivors of the 79 AD volcanic disaster in Pompeii. But first they’ll supervise the clean-up from Noah’s flood.

6. Britney Spears will use all her savings to start an underwear factory; the investment will fail and go bottom up, and she’ll lose her … uh … bottom.

For the rest, go here

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