Monthly Archives: May 2013

Mikhail Bakunin and the Anarchism

Mikhail Bakunin and the Anarchism

Mikhail Bakunin(1814 – 1876) On May 30, 1814 (julian calendar May 18), Russian revolutionary and philosopher Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin was born. Although many scholars argue if he is the founder of anarchist theory in general, he was the leading theorist of collectivist anarchism. Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin grew up in a…
Louis Agassiz and the Ice Ages

Louis Agassiz and the Ice Ages

Louis Agassiz (1807 – 1873) On May 28, 1807, Swiss paleontologist, glaciologist, and geologist Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz was born, who is considered a prominent innovator in the study of the Earth’s natural history. He was the first to scientifically propose that the Earth had been subject to a past…
Isadora Duncan and the Art of Dance

Isadora Duncan and the Art of Dance

Isadora Duncan (1877 – 1927)Photo by Arnold Gentheduring her 1915–18 American tour On May, 27, 1877, American dancer Angela Isadora Duncan was born, who restored the dance to a high place among the arts. Breaking with convention, she traced the art of dance back to its roots and developed within…
Otto Lilienthal, the Glider King

Otto Lilienthal, the Glider King

Otto Lilienthal and his flying apparatus On May 23, 1848, German aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal was born, who was the first person to make well-documented, repeated, successful gliding flights. For his contributions to aviation he is often referred to as “The Father of Flight.” Otto Lilienthal received a good education…
Richard Wagner – Genius and Megalomania

Richard Wagner – Genius and Megalomania

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) On May 22, 1813, German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor Richard Wagner was born. His compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration. His music is characterized by elaborate use of leitmotifs, i.e. musical phrases associated with…
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