From New World Encyclopedia
The first electron microscope prototype was built in 1931 by German engineers Ernst Ruska and Max Knoll
Calvin's doctrine of predestination
teaches that salvation is given only to those whom God has chosen, and that it is a free gift not contingent on anything they have done or will do
The term guerrillla
, from the Spanish "small war," was first used to describe the resistance in Spain
Yupiit believe in benign and evil spirits, and their mediators (shamans) can communicate with both
The first British monarch to live in Buckingham Palace was Queen Victoria
The Mandate of Heaven, requiring rulers to rule justly, was introduced by the Zhou Dynasty of China
Although Otis Chandler made the LA Times
great he did not want to become its publisher and he did not want his sons to take over its leadership when he retired.
André Malraux won the Goncourt Prize for French literature for his novel "La Condition humaine" ("Man's Fate")
Toby Winema Riddle, one of few Native American
women to be so honored, received a military pension by congressional act acknowledging her role as a key participant and mediator during peace and war
Petroglyphs, or rock engravings, have been found dating back at least 10,000 years
Keio University, one of the most prestigious universities in Japan
, was founded as a school of Western studies
For over two millennia, the Tuareg operated the trans-Saharan caravan trade connecting the great cities on the southern edge of the Sahara to the northern Mediterranean
coast of Africa.
The rock shelters and caves
of Bhimbetka contain numerous cave paintings
which depict the lives of the people who lived there over periods spanning thousands of years
The many possible meanings of prehistoric rock art include records of hunts, religious practices, and astronomical calendars
The life work of Rudolf Steiner was his development of Anthroposophy, a philosophy based on the premise that the human intellect has the ability to contact the spiritual world
Swedenborg was a successful scientist and inventor before his spiritual awakening
French anthropologist Lucien Lévy-Bruhl suggested that human beings use two kind of thinking: “mystical thinking” which was the essence of the "primitive mind" and rational thinking which is the hallmark of the "civilized mind"
Joseph Campbell's philosophy is often summarized by his phrase "Follow your bliss"
The French Republican Calendar, created and implemented during the French Revolution, declared 1792 as "Year I" and had a ten-day week
Recidivism refers to a relapse into criminal
behavior or substance abuse
Herbert of Cherbury is best known as the "father of Deism
Because of his central role in the founding of the United States
, George Washington is often called the “Father of the Nation”
Tony Award winning star of musical theater
Ethel Merman never took singing lessons
The Talmud contains the opinions of hundreds of rabbis, often including strong disagreements on many subjects. Like the Bible itself, it can be used to support varying positions on many subjects.
Altamira is the only cave where paintings extend into the area where the occupants lived.
Sylvia Plath was the first poet to win a Pulitzer Prize
posthumously, for The Collected Poems
published almost twenty years after her death by suicide
Without "greenhouse gases" the Earth
would be so cold as to be uninhabitable
The "Guelb er Richat" or Richat Structure, also known as the "Eye of the Sahara," is a prominent circular feature in the Sahara
desert of west–central Mauritania
Omar Khayyam is famous not only for his scientific work but also his poetry
, having written one thousand four-line verses
Wild Bill Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker
in Deadwood, in what is now South Dakota
Kyoto University was founded to train scientists to support the rapid industrialization of Japan
during the Meiji period
Author Charles Kingsley was one of the first to praise Charles Darwin
's book "On the Origin of Species," and seeking a reconciliation between science and Christian doctrine
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