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Spud McLaren
940951.  Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:42 am Reply with quote

Immanuel Kant

...may have been a phenomenal philosopher, but
he worked in other areas as well. He made an important astronomical discovery, namely about the nature of the Earth's rotation, for which he won the Berlin Academy Prize in 1754. Even more importantly, from this Kant concluded that time is not a thing in itself determined from experience, objects, motion, and change, but rather an unavoidable framework of the human mind that preconditions possible experience.

According to Lord Kelvin:

"Kant pointed out in the middle of last century, what had not previously been discovered by mathematicians or physical astronomers, that the frictional resistance against tidal currents on the earth's surface must cause a diminution of the earth's rotational speed. This immense discovery in Natural Philosophy seems to have attracted little attention,--indeed to have passed quite unnoticed, --among mathematicians, and astronomers, and naturalists, until about 1840, when the doctrine of energy began to be taken to heart."
óLord Kelvin, physicist, 1897
- from Wiki

Kant was of Scottish descent on his father's side - his father still spelled his surname Cant - and was baptised Emanuel, which he changed after learning Hebrew. Throughout his life of almost 80 years, Kant never ventured more than 10 miles from his birthplace.

 
Efros
940967.  Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:28 am Reply with quote

Kafka's hobby was apparently collecting pornography. Not sure you could call this a second string though.

 
Spud McLaren
940969.  Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:34 am Reply with quote

You could, on the basis that he twanged it regularly.

 
suze
940993.  Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:53 pm Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
Immanuel Kant


was a real pissant who was very rarely stable.

Could he ever be mentioned on the show without someone quoting that line?

 
Efros
940995.  Sat Sep 22, 2012 12:57 pm Reply with quote

Or mentally singing the next line.

 
Spud McLaren
941012.  Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:40 pm Reply with quote

I took it as given, which is why I didn't quote it myself.

 
Strawberry
941074.  Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:19 pm Reply with quote

Bert Kaempfert was a German orchestra leader and songwriter. In 1961, he hired The Beatles to back Tony Sheridan for an album called My Bonnie. The album and its singles, released by Polydor, were The Beatles' first commercially released recordings.

Source: Wikipedia.

 
Efros
941075.  Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:23 pm Reply with quote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bVEK8vUBng

Said track.

 
Spud McLaren
942007.  Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:30 pm Reply with quote

Anatoly Karpov, one of the greatest chess grandmasters, had an extensive stamp collection of Belgium philately and Belgian Congo stamps and postal history covering mail from 1742 through to 1980, although it was sold in late 2011.

 
'yorz
942022.  Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:27 am Reply with quote

Efros wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bVEK8vUBng

Said track.

said track is not availably in this country

 
PDR
942025.  Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:45 am Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
Anatoly Karpov, one of the greatest chess grandmasters, had an extensive stamp collection of Belgium philately and Belgian Congo stamps and postal history covering mail from 1742 through to 1980, although it was sold in late 2011.


Just goes to show that philately will get you anywhere...

[I left a coat around here somewhere]

What about the astrophysicist Dr Brian May (once offered the top job at Jodrell Bank) - apparently he plays in some rock band as a hobby.

PDR

 
Moosh
942104.  Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:06 am Reply with quote

PDR wrote:
Dr Brian May (once offered the top job at Jodrell Bank)

If by "offered" you mean "applied for" and by "top job" you mean "entry-level research position", then that's a true statement.

 
PDR
942107.  Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:17 am Reply with quote

Picky, picky!

Although I understand he was actually offered the post.

PDR

 
Spud McLaren
942243.  Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:46 am Reply with quote

And - he don't begin with K.

In the OP, I wrote:
I was intrigued by the first episode of the J series' mention of surprising things that famous people liked or did. So I thought a K-thread for it might be in order.

 
Efros
942247.  Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:54 am Reply with quote

'yorz wrote:
Efros wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bVEK8vUBng

Said track.

said track is not availably in this country


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBZ2Mc-yjSI

Try that one

 

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