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Old 12-30-2012, 05:47 AM   #2201
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Everybody was smashing each others religious statues and symbols for one reason or another
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8. Jiao Yu
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A military adviser of the Hongwu Emperor in the 14th century, Jiao Yu is important for writing a military manual called the Huolongjing. This manual outlined, in a number of different ways, the use of gunpowder as weapons. Though there is some debate as to how influential this manual was outside China, it is clear that Chinese knowledge of this table-turning substance did eventually trickle out to the rest of the world, and changed warfare forever.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:40 AM   #2203
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7. Omar al-Khayyam (1048-1131)
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Omar Khayyam was perhaps the greatest of the Islamic mathematicians whose important work laid a strong foundation for the last thousand years in the field of algebra. His groundbreaking work with cubic equations and higher-degree polynomials (including the formation of the binomial theorem) provided a text for all other mathematicians to follow.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:38 AM   #2205
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Omar Khayyam was perhaps the greatest of the Islamic mathematicians whose important work laid a strong foundation for the last thousand years in the field of algebra.
So is this the guy who made High School math annoying?
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:04 PM   #2206
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So is this the guy who made High School math annoying?
Yes, if by annoying you mean awesome!
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:12 PM   #2207
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Algebra < Everything Else.
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6. Alhazen (965-1039)
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Way back at the turn of the Millennnium, a Muslim scientist was doing work which would pave the way for the scientific revolution centuries later. Alhazen is considered the greatest scientist of the Middle Ages and his work in physics specifically would influence many great scientists after him, such as Roger Bacon and Issac Newton. His Book of Optics is considered one of the most important scientific texts ever written.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:29 PM   #2209
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5. William I (1028-1087)
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One thousand years ago, Britain was invaded by foreigners one last time. This conquest was led by William the Conqueror and his Normans, who changed the face of Britain culture, society, and politics forever. The invasion of 1066, highlighted by the famous Battle of Hastings, can easily be seen as the beginning of what would eventually grow into the British Empire, the largest empire in human history. William's reign established a legacy which would last for a Millennium, as the English-speaking which branched from this legacy world spread into several massive spheres of influence the world over.
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4. Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
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Dante is considered one of the two most important writers in history. His Divine Comedy is one of the most powerful stories ever written, detailing a journey through Heaven, hell and purgatory. The book was written in his common Italian tongue rather than Latin, allowing everyone to read it and not just the upper classes. This resulted in a wide sphere of spiritual influence on many in Europe, and as time went on this grew to influence readers around the world and through the centuries.
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3. Pope Gregory VII (1015-1085)
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Pope Gregory VII had a mission of eliminating corruption in Europe. What he actually did was transform the papacy into a ruling power above even the kings and queens. The Vatican had become a political power as well as a spiritual one, and this power would rule over the Middle Ages, eventually growing into the mistrust and dissension towards the church which would lead the the Reformation centuries later.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:04 PM   #2212
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I like the thread idea. Top tesn are always an interesting subject. That's giving me some idea for whenever I actually post my first thread.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:42 PM   #2213
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2. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
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When Thomas Aquinas came along, Europe was stuck in the dreadful Dark Ages, stifled by a lack of progress and down-trodden by their monarchs and church leaders. And though it didn't happen immediately, Aquinas paved the way for these societies to get out of the muck and sewed the seeds of the Scientific Revolution.

Aquinas is most famous for the Quinque Viae, or the 5 proofs of a higher power. He was able to blend theological and scientific thought, making it "okay" to study the world around us. He promoted the quest for reason and discovery, yet he kept it acceptable within the Catholic Church, the largest power in the world at the time.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:30 PM   #2214
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You do realize the dark ages as a term is dated and not really accepted as the common term for the middle ages right? No progress? The saddle and stirrup for example were created and implimented in the dark ages.

Source: The Middle Ages by Morris Bishop - highly recommend it, easy read and incredibly interesting.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:02 PM   #2215
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Fine, I'll change it back to the middle ages.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:01 PM   #2216
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sorry, it is probably my most studied (favorite) time period of european history. so many things happened, the ramifications are still felt today. advancements in farming as well as getting out of the feudal age by creating an entire class of new money (merchants), universities were created in the so called 'dark ages' as well, and i mean, the crusades!
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1. Genghis Khan (1162-1227)
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Genghis Khan is usually remembered as a brutal barbarian who invaded massive swaths of land and practiced cruel atrocities upon the conquered. But Khan's influence and importance goes much deeper than that. Khan's military expeditions led to the formation of the largest land empire to date.

The Mongul Empire may have been controlled by fear, but it was also structured in such a way that connected almost all the lands of Asia. It promoted trade among nations, not only for material goods but also of ideas. And throughout these top ten lists we have seen how powerful the spreading of ideas can be. And with the building of roads through the empire, Khan allowed access of his Empire to the west, encouraging explorers to carry these ideas further across the globe.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:46 AM   #2218
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Great list as usual, a little surprised you din't include Saladin or Marco Polo.
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Great list as usual, a little surprised you din't include Saladin or Marco Polo.
They were very close. So was Chaucer.
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Cool list.
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Not bad, Professor.
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The Ten Best Songs of the 60's

10. Sunshine of Your Love
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The 1960's was a time of great change in the world, and this was reflected most clearly among pop culture on music. The rock and roll era really began defining itself, and with it came new sounds like the psychedelic songs of bands like Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, and Cream. Cream's Sunshine of your Love is a great representation of that bluesy, drug-inspired sound which captured the imaginations of teenage rebels on both sides of the Atlantic.Eric Clapton's guitar riff remains one of the most recognizable in popular music, and the song remains a powerhouse of hippie rock.
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Bold list choice.
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There were kind of a lot of songs in that decade... good luck.
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Hey, that's my decade dude
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