Thales of Miletus, one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece, was a pre-Socratic philosopher and scientist. He is traditionally considered the first Western philosopher and a founder of geometry and abstract astronomy. As a philosophical materialist, Thales theorized that water was the first principle of all things. He speculated that the Earth floated on water, and so proposed an explanation for earthquakes. A capable astronomer, Thales is said to have predicted what celestial phenomenon in 585 BCE?
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Kasparov is a chess grandmaster and one of the strongest chess players in history. He was the youngest person to become the World Chess Federation's World Chess Champion, a title he held from 1985 until 1993. In 1996, Kasparov played two matches against a super-computer called "Deep Blue," capable of evaluating 100 million positions per second. He lost the first game, but rebounded in the next 5 games to soundly beat the machine. Where did Kasparov train as a young boy?
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Considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan ended his 15-season career with a regular-season scoring average of 30.12 points per game, the highest in NBA history. He won six NBA championships, was league MVP five times, and earned two Olympic gold medals. Jordan's mid-air acrobatics and slam dunk skills are legendary and earned him the nickname "Air Jordan." After retiring from basketball in 1993, Jordan surprised fans by beginning a career in what sport?