Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, almost 4 years ago

    I prefer Hero of Alexandria as the “greatest genius”. His inventions actually worked. Imagine: a steam engine two millennia ago.
    Solomon was supposedly the wisest, and there’s no doubt he had incredible knowledge and economic dynamism, but like Einstein, he habitually made mistakes. (Einstein, for example, had no real understanding of people in why they acted the way they did, and thus many of his ideas on cultures just didn’t work. He also had some really strange ideas of God.) All of the incredible wealth that Solomon acquired was lost in one stroke, five years after his death, when Shishak/Shoshonk of Egypt took it all.

  2. The Old Wolf

    The Old Wolf said, almost 4 years ago

    Shoulda put him in some Vitruvian boxers if you ask me.

  3. runar

    runar said, almost 4 years ago


    When I was seven, one of my christmas presents was a working model of Hero’s steam engine. It was really cool – powered by a little solid-fuel pellet – and it was a way for me to play with fire that my parents approved of.

  4. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, almost 4 years ago


    Einstein would most probably have been given a diagnosis of autism/Asperger’s had he been around today.
    And who doesn’t have strange ideas of God – all this bearded old man on a cloud, stuff for a start! What were Albert’s beliefs? (I ask in all seriousness). All I know is his famous “God does not play dice with the universe”.
    I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never heard of Hero of Alexandria. I need to fill that gap in my knowledge – to the web!

  5. frumdebang

    frumdebang said, almost 4 years ago

    So Leonardo invented tightie-whities as well? Let Hero of Alexandria top that.

  6. olddog1

    olddog1 said, almost 4 years ago


    After Einstein said “I do not believe God plays dice with the universe” Niels Bohr responded “Albert, stop telling God what to do.”

  7. Tdog123

    Tdog123 said, almost 4 years ago


  8. brightr1

    brightr1 said, almost 4 years ago

    He’s just ripped off the second header panel at Monty.

  9. Ronald Davis

    Ronald Davis said, almost 4 years ago


    Einstein said “The most incomprehensible thing about the Universe is that it is at all comprehensible.”. The point is that the laws of physics are complicated enough that physicists can come into existence without outside intervention, yet simple enough that those physicists can understand them. Maybe the Universe is “meant” to be a system that can develop an understanding of itself without help.

  10. sonorhC

    sonorhC said, almost 4 years ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur: Yes, Hero’s steam engine worked, but it couldn’t actually do anything. It’s never been anything more than just a nifty toy, and bears essentially no connection at all to Watt’s steam engine (which could actually do many practical things). If you want to idolize Hero for anything, it should be his work in geometry: He still wasn’t the greatest at that, but he did at least make real practical contributions there.

  11. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, almost 4 years ago

    da vinci was the first “renaissance” man. engineer, artist, scupltor, thinker, etc…he does more in one lifetime than most of us. sometimes i wonder what life would be like if there was no dark ages.

  12. T_Lexi

    T_Lexi said, almost 4 years ago


    According to Wikipedia, “Einstein’s views about religious belief have been collected from interviews and original writings. These views covered Judaism, theological determinism, agnosticism, and humanism. He also wrote much about ethical culture, opting for Spinoza’s god over belief in a personal god.”

  13. runar

    runar said, almost 4 years ago


    The quote that is usually given as “God does not play dice with the universe.” was, in Einstein’s original words (remember that his native language was German):

    “Raffiniert ist der Herr Gott, aber bösehaft ist Er nicht.”¹

    If you understand German, you know this translates as:
    “God is clever but he is not perverse.”²

    ¹This is inscribed on the wall above a fireplace in a room that used to be the faculty lounge in Fine Hall, the home of the Princeton Math department when Einstein was there.

    ²Some translators prefer to use “subtle” instead of “clever” and “malicious” instead of “perverse” but that’s only because they don’t like the idea of a perverted deity.

  14. tagteam

    tagteam said, almost 4 years ago


    apparently now you can add musician to the list…..

  15. kroykali

    kroykali said, almost 4 years ago


    Think mine came from Edmund’s Scientific – I still have it!

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