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I personally feel that Sir Tim Berners Lee is the biggest single influence on the world since Jesus (or the myth of Jesus for those that don't believe in him).

No one has been responsible for such a gigantic shift in the way that mankind operates at almost every single level.

What is more surprising that many of don't even know his name.

Do you agree? Disgaree?

Who do you feel that has influenced, and changed, everyone's lives on the planet on such a daily basis covering almost every topic imaginable?

Can you name anyone in the last two thousand years?

EDIT: Please give examples of the changes to daily life that your suggestions have made.

EDIT 2: Named changed. Whoops :p


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May. 23rd, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
Nikola Tesla
May. 23rd, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
Point taken ;p
May. 23rd, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
Do you still want me to spell Tesla's accomplishments and effects on the world as we know it? Or do you know enough about him on your own to just concede me the point?
May. 23rd, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
Reading his bio on Wikipedia kinda shows me that we wouldn't be were we are today - in so many aspects - if he had not been around.

Feel free to list away though (but I will give you the point :p)
May. 23rd, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
May. 23rd, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
What global daily contributions spanning a wide range of activities (commerce, entertainment, thought, news, etc) has the above made?
May. 23rd, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Apparently, you don't know his name either!

And no, I don't think so. Here's ten people who've had a bigger effect.

Karl Marx
Charles Darwin
Martin Luther
John Maynard Keynes
Isaac Newton
Michael Faraday
Gottfried Leibnitz
Thomas Aquinas
Sigmund Freud
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
May. 23rd, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
Completely true I don't know his name! Have changed it now though, thanks :p

What global daily contributions spanning a wide range of activities (commerce, entertainment, thought, news, etc) have the above made?
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May. 23rd, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
What global daily contributions spanning a wide range of activities (commerce, entertainment, thought, news, etc) have the above made?
May. 23rd, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
No he didn't invent TCP/IP. That had been around for years before he invented the Web. So had a lot of other parts of the internet, such as email, usenet, ftp etc.

The Web fundamentally changed the internet. I remember being at work one day when a sysadmin came up and said, "There's this new thing called the World Wide Web. I think you'd like it". I installed the Mosaic browser and was quite blown away by it. The web has had a massive effect on commerce, the music industry and lots of other aspects of our lives. The fact that we're communicating now using LJ is testimony of this.
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May. 23rd, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, television also changed the world to a similar or greater extent than the web. Also radio, telephones, computers and a host of other inventions.
Marconi, Bell, Turing etc. all deserve similar credit.
May. 23rd, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
Er.. well all I thought he invented was HTML (and maybe HTTP). He certainly didn't invent TCP or IP or the Internet. The Internet was a perfectly functioning tool before he came along.

Jon Postel probably deserves as much, if not more credit, but who ever mentions him?
May. 23rd, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
My vote goes to Carl Djerassi - and I won't be surprised if you don't know his name, as I had to do a Google-and-Wikipedia search to find it out, myself. He's the 'father' of the contraceptive pill.

Changes to my daily life?:
1) I was born when I was because of it - and I kind of assume 'who' I was, too: without it, some other egg and some other sperm would have won the race in the early years of my parents' marriage, and this particular 'me' would never have existed.
2) My partner and I have lives - as opposed to kids ;) - because of it.
May. 23rd, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I idn't know the name.
I wholeheartedly agree. The internet has created a profoud shift in society, but reliable female contraception was probably the epochal change of the 20th century. I'd rate it above Nuclear Fission in terms of importance.
May. 23rd, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
Just a nitpick but even non-Christians tend to believe that Jesus existed and influenced society, we just don't believe he is divine....
May. 24th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmm... I think it is really hard to pinpoint one individual person as having the most influence in our lives today. Berners-Lee wouldn't have reached his conclusions if Babbage hadn't done his research, which couldn't happen if Newton hadn't invented calculus, which couldn't have happened without Copernicus' and Galileo's works, and so on and so forth. Scientific advances cannot really be seen as dislocated events in time, but as a chain of discoveries and breakthroughs that ultimately lead to practical effects.
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