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I was using email on a few different systems long before I had an internet connection. Email usage in offices depend on having a network and most people having a computer on their desks, this did not happen until the 1990s to any great extent. Connecting computers from homes into email systems and cheaply connecting networks together depending on modems, ...


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The last organized use of swords was probably by the Polish cavalry in September 1939 and possibly as late as March 1945. Polish cavalry in 1939 were really mounted infantry. Instead of trucks or bicycles, they used horses for mobility. Fighting was intended to be done dismounted and with modern weaponry. However, they were still armed with a very fine ...


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I think people set far too much store by the specific personalities in major industrial programs. This question basically rehashes the old Soviet canard that "the US got to the moon only because of the Nazi help, and the SU did not only because of the Korolev's untimely death". US underestimated the importance of the space race and the Soviet ...


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Note: My answer is mostly speculation. General logic dictates that, sooner or later, they would have succeeded in going to the Moon. With the amount of money and energy being invested, as well as the amount of prestige involved, it was only a matter of time. But it also dictates that if they had to use a famous former Nazi scientist as head of their ...


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Another good candidate is Reverend Thomas Bayes, who first correctly formulated how to use probability theory inductively, using what is now called Bayes' Theorem. The importance of this discovery was not fully understood until long after his death in 1761. Bayes never published his discovery during his lifetime, but two years after his death his friend ...



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