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Marie Curie The following is a response to a question I received to my recent article, "What Is an Individualist." The question concerned the following paragraph: "In the entire history of the world every advance in civilization, every gain in knowledge, and every improvement in the human condition has come solely through the efforts of independent individualists. They and they alone are the creators, innovators, and discoverers of the world. These men are all there is of positive importance in all of history; all the rest, the tyrants, the dictators, the famines and
From Carnot's 1824 paper. "Reflections on the Motive power of Heat". He lived during a marvelous time. Steamboats, Steam Driven Pumps and Steam Locomotives were just coming online. 60 years after Carnot wrote this paper another Marvelous Time was happening -- electrification of the world. The next such Marvelous Time was around 1950-1960 -- The computerization of the world. Here it is. That is the First and Second laws of Thermodynamics rolled into one. The production of motive power is then due in steam-engines not to an actual consumption of caloric, but