Interesting stories about famous people

22 October 2012
From greatness to mania. Theophrastus Paracelsus.
From greatness to mania. Theophrastus Paracelsus.
Theophrastus Paracelsus, a famous doctor of the Middle Ages, was known not only for his achievements in medicine but also for his extraordinary haughtiness.
22 October 2012
Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis. A half is better than the whole.
Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis. A half is better than the whole.
Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis, physicist and mathematician, who was known for his furious disputes with opponents, happened to prove the rightness of his formula in a traumatizing accident.
22 October 2012
Healthy in spite of all the circumstances. Winston Churchill.
Healthy in spite of all the circumstances. Winston Churchill.
Winston Churchill was known to lead quite an unhealthy life-style, but unlike many others he managed to live till great age of ninety years.
22 October 2012
Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac: the quantity means nothing
Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac: the quantity means nothing
Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac lost one of his eyes during chemical tests at his laboratory, but in spite of that, he remained a cheerful person, who was fond of a joke.
22 October 2012
Neil Armstrong’s lucky neighbor.
Neil Armstrong’s lucky neighbor.
As Nail Armstrong, the great American astronaut, made his first steps on the Moon surface, he decided to wish good luck to mysterious person Marriot, making journalists attack him with questions.
22 October 2012
Niels Bohr: climbing robber.
Niels Bohr: climbing robber.
Niels Bohr, who was known for his great achievement in physics, was an excitable man, he was fond not only in physical experiments but also in taking bets.
22 October 2012
Sand pouring through fingers. Kido Takayoshi.
Sand pouring through fingers. Kido Takayoshi.
Being an astute and resourceful politician, Kido Takayoshi, achieved his aims steadily but elusively, just like a ninja.
22 October 2012
The cost of an anecdote. Charles de Gaulle.
The cost of an anecdote. Charles de Gaulle.
As the French president, General Charles de Gaulle, heard a joke about the cost of American dollars, he decided to take measures.
22 October 2012
The most unfortunate composition: Edvard Grieg.
The most unfortunate composition: Edvard Grieg.
Even the great Norwegian composer, being well-known and famous for his splendid concerts, had to face severe and caustic criticism.
22 October 2012
The one who pays the piper calls the tune. Otto von Bismarck.
The one who pays the piper calls the tune. Otto von Bismarck.
Otto von Bismarck, being an astute politician, remained imperturbable even at the court of the French emperor.
22 October 2012
Thomas Edison and his phonograph made of rib.
Thomas Edison and his phonograph made of rib.
Thomas Edison was known for his numerous inventions, but his persistent and indefatigable activity didn’t prevent him from having a good sense of humor.
22 October 2012
Verbal kamikaze. Winston Churchill.
Verbal kamikaze. Winston Churchill.
Winston Churchill was well-known for his distinguished quick-wittiness and sharp tongue among his opponents.
01 October 2012
Gustav Mahler. As his highness ordered
Gustav Mahler. As his highness ordered
Gustav Mahler was a man of principles and he didn’t want a singer who lacked voice sing in great famous operas.
30 September 2012
Richard Wagner. I’m funny but you are funnier!
Richard Wagner. I’m funny but you are funnier!
It often happens that people become intolerant towards each other.
30 September 2012
A great method. Richard Wagner
A great method. Richard Wagner
Even when a great composer Richard Wagner became world-known, he was still unrecognized in his motherland.
30 September 2012
Ramesses II: the true pharaoh even after his death is a king...
Ramesses II: the true pharaoh even after his death is a king...
A great pharaoh Ramesses II had a desire to be remembered and honoured even after his death.
30 September 2012
Cato is great even without the monument
Cato is great even without the monument
Lots of famous people- as a rule, big political figures, men of creative professions, dream to have a monument built in their honour.
30 September 2012
Advice from an experienced man. John von Neumann
Advice from an experienced man. John von Neumann
Engineers had to ask a distinguished mathematician and physicist John von Neumann for advice when they started building a space rocket.
30 September 2012
Unlucky teacher. Osborne Reynolds.
Unlucky teacher. Osborne Reynolds.
If a lecture is strange, that means that the professor is very clever – that’s what almost any student thinks
30 September 2012
Oppenheimer is knocking venus down
Oppenheimer is knocking venus down
Robert Oppenheimer was a genius physicist-theorist, he invented the atom bomb – but even such a great figure had a few ridiculous accidents in his life.
30 September 2012
A happy meeting. Max Born
A happy meeting. Max Born
After Nazis came to power in Germany, the life of a famous scientist was in danger and only an accidental meeting helped him to immigrate to England.
30 September 2012
Giacomo Puccini. How to become famous.
Giacomo Puccini. How to become famous.
Among not very talented composers who became targets of Giacomo Puccini’s mockery, there was a fellow who even suggested he should write a marsh for maestro’s funeral.
30 September 2012
Rossini. Shame on the insolent fellow!
Rossini. Shame on the insolent fellow!
The great composer Rossini liked to see his colleagues’ concerts, lots of musicians never missed the chance to invite him to their premieres.
30 September 2012
From sunrise till dawn. Mark Twain.
From sunrise till dawn. Mark Twain.
A Man gets old as time goes by, his body gets old – that’s for, but not necessarily his soul. When Mark Twain was 73, he still was full of energy.
30 September 2012
Niels Bohr. Terror of examiners
Niels Bohr. Terror of examiners
What is the difference between a genius scientist and an ordinary one?