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Léopold Lambert / Architecte D.E.S.A. William James Sidis. Biography[edit] Parents and upbringing (1898–1909)[edit] William James Sidis was born to Jewish Ukrainian immigrants on April 1, 1898, in New York City. His father Boris Sidis, Ph.D., M.D., had emigrated in 1887 to escape political persecution. His mother Sarah Mandelbaum Sidis, M.D., and her family had fled the pogroms in 1889. Sarah attended Boston University and graduated from its School of Medicine in 1897.[3] William was named after his godfather, Boris' friend and colleague, the American philosopher William James.

Sidis's parents believed in nurturing a precocious and fearless love of knowledge, for which they were criticized[citation needed]. Harvard University and college life (1909–1915)[edit] Although the University had previously refused to let his father enroll him at age nine because he was still a child, Sidis set a record in 1909 by becoming the youngest person to enroll at Harvard University.

Teaching and further education (1915–1919)[edit] Later life (1921–1944)[edit] Books Catalog. Site Surveys 3. Quick Links 5. New Armored Wall System Assembles Like Legos, Could Replace Sand. Attention recruits.

New Armored Wall System Assembles Like Legos, Could Replace Sand

Those of you landing in Afghanistan in coming months may not have to engage in the sandbag stacking and trench digging usually associated with lowly grunt-dom. An $800,000 investment in an armored wall system known as McCurdy's Armor could have Marines rapidly erecting 6.5-foot-tall mortar-, RPG- and bullet proof fortresses in less than an hour, saving the days it can take to fortify an area by conventional means and making forward-operating units more nimble. Named for Ryan S. Anil bawa cavia. Martin Heidegger. Martin Heidegger (German: [ˈmaɐ̯tiːn ˈhaɪdɛɡɐ]; 26 September 1889 – 26 May 1976) was a German philosopher, widely seen as a seminal thinker in the Continental tradition, particularly within the fields of existential phenomenology and philosophical hermeneutics.

Martin Heidegger

From his beginnings as a Catholic academic, he developed a groundbreaking and widely influential philosophy. His relationship with Nazism has been a controversial and widely debated subject. For Heidegger, the things in lived experience always have more to them than what we can see; accordingly, the true nature of being is “withdrawal”. The interplay between the obscured reality of things and their appearance in what he calls the “clearing” is Heidegger's main theme. The presence of things for us is not their being, but merely their being interpreted as equipment according to a particular system of meaning and purpose.

It has been suggested[by whom?] Biography[edit] Early years[edit] Marburg[edit] Freiburg[edit] Walden. Walden (first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) is an American book written by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings.[2] The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance.[3] First published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts.


The book compresses the time into a single calendar year and uses passages of four seasons to symbolize human development. By immersing himself in nature, Thoreau hoped to gain a more objective understanding of society through personal introspection. Synopsis[edit] Where I Lived, and What I Lived For: Thoreau recollects thoughts of places he stayed at before selecting Walden Pond. Gaston Bachelard. Gaston Bachelard (French: [baʃlaʁ]; June 27, 1884 – October 16, 1962) was a French philosopher.[2] He made contributions in the fields of poetics and the philosophy of science.

Gaston Bachelard

To the latter he introduced the concepts of epistemological obstacle and epistemological break (obstacle épistémologique et rupture épistémologique). He rose to some of the most prestigious positions in the Académie française and influenced many subsequent French philosophers, among them Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Dominique Lecourt and Jacques Derrida. Life and work[edit] Bachelard was a postmaster in Bar-sur-Aube, and then studied physics before finally becoming interested in philosophy. He was a professor at Dijon from 1930 to 1940 and then became the inaugural chair in history and philosophy of the sciences at the Sorbonne. Bachelard's psychology of science[edit] In the English-speaking world, the connection Bachelard made between psychology and the history of science has been little understood.

Thomas S. À rebours. Background[edit]

À rebours

Edison’s black Maria: - America’s first movie studio. The first motion picture studio in America opened in December, 1892, and cost $637.67 to build. Thomas Edison, who had built the unwieldy gizmo, called it by the genteel name, the "Kinetographic Theater. " But it was known far and wide by it's more descriptive moniker, the "Black Maria. " It was in the Black Maria that some of the first movies in the United States were filmed. They were short productions, none of them exceeding about 30 seconds. The films were designed to be shown in the Kinetoscope, a peep show device. The tar-papered Black Maria was the color of a police paddy wagon, hence its nickname.

The shooting stage was tiny -- barely 12 feet square. Both the Kinetograph and the Kinetoscope were patented in 1891. The first cinematographers were William Heise and W.K.L. Goncourt brothers. Edmond (left) with his brother Jules.

Goncourt brothers

Photographed by Félix Nadar Partnership[edit] They formed a partnership that "is possibly unique in literary history. Not only did they write all their books together, they did not spend more than a day apart in their adult lives, until they were finally parted by Jules's death in 1870. The Tristram Shandy Web. Tavola 39. The History of The Discovery of Cinematography - 1895 - 1900. Arrival Of A Train At La Ciotat Station was again shot two years later in 1897 but did not cause as much of a stir than it did in 1895.

The History of The Discovery of Cinematography - 1895 - 1900

Today, a director wouldn't think twice about angling the camera within feet of the tracks as a train entered into the frame. We see it all the time. Joseph Gandy.