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Message 2237 - Posted 10 Aug 2008 20:53:46 UTC

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Herbert Hoover (1874)
At the outbreak of WWI, Hoover devoted himself to humanitarian efforts, arranging the return of Americans stranded abroad and securing supplies for civilians of war-devastated Europe. Elected president of the US in 1928, his administration was dominated by the economic depression that followed the 1929 stock market crash. Believing the economy would regenerate spontaneously, he was reluctant to extend federal activities.

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Vladimir Odoevsky (1803)
Odoevsky was a prominent Russian philosopher, writer, music critic, philanthropist, and pedagogue who was recently credited with having predicted "blogging" and the basic principles of the Internet. Written in 1837, his novel, Year 4338, describes a magnetic telegraph that allows the occupants of different houses to communicate. Odoevsky also wrote tales for children and phantasmagoric stories for adults

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Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922)
Robbe-Grillet, a French novelist and filmmaker, is considered the originator of the nouveau roman, or "new novel." In this writing style, timelines and plots are fractured, and the resulting novel resembles the literary equivalent of a cubist painting. In The Erasers (1953), for example, a detective searches for the assassin in a murder that has not yet occurred, only to discover that he is destined to become the assassin.

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Alexander Alekhine (1892)
Alekhine, a Russian chess grandmaster, was one of the world's great chess champions. By the age of 16 he was a master player, and in 1927, he defeated José Raúl Capablanca to become world champion. Alekhine dominated the chess world between 1927 and 1935, losing only seven of 238 tournament games. When WWI broke out, he was in Germany competing in an international tournament and was taken as a prisoner of war.

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Norbert Wiener (1894)

Wiener was an American mathematician and educator who made significant contributions to a number of areas of mathematics, including harmonic analysis and Fourier transforms. He is best known, however, for his theory of cybernetics, the comparative study of control and communication in humans and machines. Wiener declined an invitation to join the Manhattan Project, and, after WWII, wrote an article titled "A Scientist Rebels,"

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