Simply Charly - Feed https://www.simplycharly.com Explore History's Movers and Shakers Thu, 03 Dec 2020 11:45:42 +0000 en-us hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://www.simplycharly.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/cropped-favicon-96x96-32x32.png Blog – Simply Charly https://www.simplycharly.com 32 32 Explore history's movers and shakers with Simply Charly — your one-stop portal to a wealth of information about some of the world’s most prominent historical figures. Simply Charly clean episodic Simply Charly charles@simplycharly.com charles@simplycharly.com (Simply Charly) © 2020 Simply Charly Exploring History's Movers and Shakers TV-G New York, NY https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=charles%40simplycharly.com&currency_code=USD&source=url The Odd One Out: Paul Dirac’s Genius Was Fueled By A Succinct and Concise Mind https://www.simplycharly.com/read/blog/the-odd-one-out-paul-diracs-genius-was-fuelled-by-a-succinct-and-concise-mind/ Thu, 03 Dec 2020 11:45:33 +0000 Editor https://www.simplycharly.com/?post_type=blog&p=14445 It is a widely accepted fact that many geniuses are notoriously strange. The Nobel-winning British physicist Paul Dirac (1902-1984), whose birthday is on August 8, was no exception. The scientist, who made fundamental contributions to the development of quantum mechanics, had quite a few personality quirks. By all accounts, he was often reserved and taciturn. […]]]> It is a widely accepted fact that many geniuses are notoriously strange. The Nobel-winning British physicist Paul Dirac (1902-1984), whose birthday is on August 8, was no exception. The scientist, who made fundamental contributions to the development of quantum mechanics, had quite a few personality quirks. By all accounts, he was often reserved and taciturn. […]]]> The Unbreakable Legacy of Alan Turing: New Law Pardons The Mathematician for His “Crime” https://www.simplycharly.com/read/blog/the-unbreakable-legacy-of-alan-turing-new-law-pardons-the-mathematician-for-his-crime/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 11:46:31 +0000 Editor https://www.simplycharly.com/?post_type=blog&p=17599 British mathematician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing (1912-1954) broke the Nazi Enigma code during World War II, playing a crucial role in the Allied victory over Nazi Germany. Yet, for all his genius and contribution to the war effort, the life of this soft-spoken visionary was marred by trauma and tragedy. Despondent after the inhumane treatment inflicted […]]]> British mathematician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing (1912-1954) broke the Nazi Enigma code during World War II, playing a crucial role in the Allied victory over Nazi Germany. Yet, for all his genius and contribution to the war effort, the life of this soft-spoken visionary was marred by trauma and tragedy. Despondent after the inhumane treatment inflicted […]]]> A Paradox—In All its Possible States https://www.simplycharly.com/read/blog/a-paradox-in-all-its-possible-states/ Wed, 02 Dec 2020 11:46:24 +0000 Charles Carlini https://www.simplycharly.com/?post_type=blog&p=12431 Very few felines have made such a lasting impression on popular culture (and have been a butt of many jokes) as the one commonly referred to as “Schrödinger’s cat.” The Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger (1887–1961) earned the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on quantum wave mechanics, but his name is most often […]]]> Very few felines have made such a lasting impression on popular culture (and have been a butt of many jokes) as the one commonly referred to as “Schrödinger’s cat.” The Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger (1887–1961) earned the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on quantum wave mechanics, but his name is most often […]]]> The Numbers Game: Solving Bernhard Riemann’s Hypothesis is Not Simple Math https://www.simplycharly.com/read/blog/the-numbers-game-solving-bernhard-riemann-hypothesis-is-not-simple-math/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 11:46:41 +0000 Editor https://www.simplycharly.com/?post_type=blog&p=31372 Who wants to be a millionaire? Lots of people do, but first, they’d have to provide an answer to the as-yet-unsolved mystery: proving the Riemann hypothesis. And it’s certainly not as easy as adding two plus two. The head-scratcher that has baffled mathematicians for a century and a half is a conjecture about the distribution […]]]> Who wants to be a millionaire? Lots of people do, but first, they’d have to provide an answer to the as-yet-unsolved mystery: proving the Riemann hypothesis. And it’s certainly not as easy as adding two plus two. The head-scratcher that has baffled mathematicians for a century and a half is a conjecture about the distribution […]]]> Then and Now: René Descartes Thought, Was, and Remains Relevant https://www.simplycharly.com/read/blog/now-rene-descartes-thought-remains-relevant/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 11:46:33 +0000 Editor https://www.simplycharly.com/?post_type=blog&p=15775 To this day, the name of René Descartes (1595–1650) is most associated with his famous quote, “I think, therefore I am.” The phrase appeared in his native French as “je pense, donc je suis” in his seminal 1637 treatise, Discourse on the Method. Even though this concept may sound like a foregone conclusion, it was revolutionary for the 17th […]]]> To this day, the name of René Descartes (1595–1650) is most associated with his famous quote, “I think, therefore I am.” The phrase appeared in his native French as “je pense, donc je suis” in his seminal 1637 treatise, Discourse on the Method. Even though this concept may sound like a foregone conclusion, it was revolutionary for the 17th […]]]> Love’s Labour Not Lost: Shakespeare and Marlowe Were Pen Pals https://www.simplycharly.com/read/blog/loves-labour-not-lost-shakespeare-marlowe-pen-pals/ Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:45:39 +0000 Editor https://www.simplycharly.com/?post_type=blog&p=17538 One of the most enduring controversies in literary history, which first surfaced in the 18th century, has surrounded William Shakespeare’s (1564-1616) prolific body of works. A number of skeptics have suggested that other authors penned the plays attributed to the Bard of Avon. One of the candidates posited for the authorship of Shakespeare’s works was another […]]]> One of the most enduring controversies in literary history, which first surfaced in the 18th century, has surrounded William Shakespeare’s (1564-1616) prolific body of works. A number of skeptics have suggested that other authors penned the plays attributed to the Bard of Avon. One of the candidates posited for the authorship of Shakespeare’s works was another […]]]> New Book on German Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche Offers an Accessible and Engaging Introduction to the Philosopher’s Life and Work https://www.simplycharly.com/read/blog/new-book-on-german-philosopher-friedrich-nietzsche-offers-an-accessible-and-engaging-introduction-to-the-philosophers-life-and-work/ Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:45:31 +0000 Editor https://www.simplycharly.com/?post_type=blog&p=32930 “This is the best introductory text on Nietzsche in English, German or French, and in three respects: it is genuinely introductory without being superficial; it reflects good philosophical judgment; and it stakes out interesting and plausible hypotheses on some vexed questions of interpretation. The writing is also crisp and engaging throughout.” —Brian Leiter, Karl N. Llewellyn […]]]> “This is the best introductory text on Nietzsche in English, German or French, and in three respects: it is genuinely introductory without being superficial; it reflects good philosophical judgment; and it stakes out interesting and plausible hypotheses on some vexed questions of interpretation. The writing is also crisp and engaging throughout.” —Brian Leiter, Karl N. Llewellyn […]]]> Change for a Ten? Jane Austen is the New Face of the British £10 Note https://www.simplycharly.com/read/blog/change-for-a-ten-jane-austen-is-the-new-face-of-the-british-10-note/ Sun, 29 Nov 2020 11:45:30 +0000 Editor https://www.simplycharly.com/?post_type=blog&p=28050 To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death on July 18, 1817, the Bank of England is introducing a new £10 banknote featuring the likeness of the celebrated English novelist (1775–1817). The unveiling ceremony of the new bill will take place this Tuesday at Winchester Cathedral where she is buried. “Her novels have an […]]]> To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death on July 18, 1817, the Bank of England is introducing a new £10 banknote featuring the likeness of the celebrated English novelist (1775–1817). The unveiling ceremony of the new bill will take place this Tuesday at Winchester Cathedral where she is buried. “Her novels have an […]]]> No Bones About It: René Descartes’ Illness Revealed https://www.simplycharly.com/read/blog/no-bones-about-it-rene-descartes-illness-revealed/ Sat, 28 Nov 2020 11:46:32 +0000 Editor https://simplycharly.wpengine.com/?post_type=blog&p=13696 More than 300 years after René Descartes’ death in 1650, new evidence about his health has just come to light: by using computed tomography to scan his skull, forensic expert Philippe Charlier found that the father of modern philosophy likely had a tumor on his sinus. The significance of this discovery is not clear; the […]]]> More than 300 years after René Descartes’ death in 1650, new evidence about his health has just come to light: by using computed tomography to scan his skull, forensic expert Philippe Charlier found that the father of modern philosophy likely had a tumor on his sinus. The significance of this discovery is not clear; the […]]]> Not Color Blind: William Faulkner’s Fiction Reflects Racial Reality https://www.simplycharly.com/read/blog/not-color-blind-william-faulkner-fiction-reflects-racial-reality/ Fri, 27 Nov 2020 11:46:42 +0000 Editor https://www.simplycharly.com/?post_type=blog&p=34581 When American novelist William Faulkner passed away on July 6, 1962, racial unrest was rife in his home state of Mississippi—and in many other southern US states as well. In fact, Faulkner, who was born on September 25, 1897, lived through many turbulent times when segregation, along with social and political unrest, was an all-too-common […]]]> When American novelist William Faulkner passed away on July 6, 1962, racial unrest was rife in his home state of Mississippi—and in many other southern US states as well. In fact, Faulkner, who was born on September 25, 1897, lived through many turbulent times when segregation, along with social and political unrest, was an all-too-common […]]]>