Time Magazine: Man of the Millennium

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Thu Sep 24 01:25:43 EST 1998


Christian Bau wrote in alt.memetics:

>In article <Pine.BSF.4.02A.9809221904170.17730-100000 at dillinger.io.com>,
>MA Lloyd <malloy00 at io.com> wrote:
>
>> FWIW the most popular work playing this game is probably Michael H Hart's
>> The 100.  His ordering can of course be debated, but it isn't too bad; I
>> doubt you can make a decent case for anybody he hasn't put in the top 25.  
>> His entries in the top 25 that fall into this millenium are Newton, 
>> Gutenberg, Columbus, Einstein, Pasteur, Galileo, Darwin, Copernicus, 
>> Lavoisier, Watt, Faraday, Maxwell, and Luther.
>
>Very often, you can take a name and then say "well, if he hadnt done it,
>someone else would.". If Columbus hadnt (re)discovered the Americas,
>someone else would. In the list above, Martin Luther would be the only one
>not in this category, so that is a good reason to make him Man of the
>Millennium.

And I'll dispute that.

Columbus was the first person with royal patronage to sail to America
after the printing press became commonplace in Europe.

Luther was the first cleric to publically rebel against the Church of
Rome, with sufficient noble and merchant support to avoid immediate
execution for heresy, after the printing press became commonplace in
Germany (where it originated).

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