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Quantum Theory is Born

Considered the inventor of quantum theory, Max Planck shocked the science world by showing that atoms emit or absorb energy in bundles, or quanta, not in a continuous stream as taught by Newtonian physics. This insight, along with those provided by Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, and others, established quantum theory, a revolutionary step in modern physics. Planck was given the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. In the 1930s, he discussed the matter of what Jewish colleague with Hitler?

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Henry Morrison Flagler

Flagler was a US tycoon, real estate promoter, railroad developer, and partner in Standard Oil. He became a key figure in the development of the eastern coast of Florida after traveling to the region on the advice of his physician and recognizing its tourist potential. He built hotels along the coast, continually extending his railroad line to reach them, until he reached Key West. He died after falling down a flight of stairs. Flagler is known as the "father" of what city?

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Nostradamus

Nostradamus was a French astrologer and physician who is reputed to have effected remarkable cures during outbreaks of the plague. His book of prophecies, Les Prophesies, consists of vaguely phrased, rhymed quatrains (4-line poems) grouped into sets of 100, called "Centuries." Enthusiasts credit him with foreseeing the rise of Hitler, the French Revolution, the Atomic Bomb, and the destruction of the World Trade Center. What do skeptics mean by "retroactive clairvoyance"?

Last updated on Thursday, 14th December 2006

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