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Cryptographer, programmer in several languages (C, Java, several assemblies, Pascal, Forth...). I also have a life.


Sep
17
comment Why was Newton's observation of the falling apple significant?
@BenCrowell: I think that one would be Galileo's story, not Newton's. A big part of the controversy around Galileo was his insistence on trying to "do physics" on celestial bodies; this was fueled by his discovery (with the first astronomical telescope) of mountains on the Moon, which was thus not as "flawless" as Aristotle would have liked.
Sep
16
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
13
answered Did the Assiniboine live around Fort Assiniboine (Canada)?
Sep
12
answered How accurately could ancient astronomers find latitude and longitude?
Sep
12
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Sep
12
answered Baldwin IV, the Leper King
Sep
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
11
answered Why was Newton's observation of the falling apple significant?
Sep
11
answered Which native groups were hostile to the fur trade in North America?
Sep
9
answered How is the Byzantine(Eastern Roman) different from Western Roman?
Sep
9
awarded  Revival
Sep
8
answered Actual quote from Henry II
Sep
8
answered Did Hannibal start the Second Punic War prematurely?
Aug
26
comment Why were Austria-Hungary's Slavic minorities put into multinational states?
What is "success" ? Here, I am talking about whether a given group of people constitutes a "nation" or not, regardless of whether that group will or will not achieve success on any specific measuring scale.
Aug
26
awarded  Yearling
Aug
24
awarded  Revival
Aug
23
answered Did Marco Polo write about or bring back fireworks from his travels?
Aug
23
answered Why were Austria-Hungary's Slavic minorities put into multinational states?
Aug
15
awarded  Critic
Aug
15
answered What do we know ***historically*** about Jesus?