No, ody you have! Go to the head of the class.
The only other possible
candidate besides Leonardo would be Tesla
who, despite his OCD, and his belief he was receiving messages from Venus or Mars; and that he thought his inventions could be used to talk with other planets, did not go for mysticism; unless we use that word broadly and apply it to Tesla's 'Field Theories' in which he "debunked " Einstein
" I hold that space cannot be curved, for the simple reason that it can have no properties. It might as well be said that God has properties. He has not, but only attributes and these are of our own making. Of properties we can only speak when dealing with matter filling the space. To say that in the presence of large bodies space becomes curved is equivalent to stating that something can act upon nothing. I, for one, refuse to subscribe to such a view. "
At 81 he claimed he had completed a dynamic theory of gravity and solved all the problems ( left by Einstein?) but Tesla
died before publishing it. Or perhaps it was spirited away by the government along with his 'death ray' or teleforce
. weapon which he claimed " could bring down a fleet of 10,000 enemy airplanes at a distance of 200 miles . . . and will cause armies to drop dead in their tracks. "
I better not write about this more lest black helicopters start circling overhead.----Suffice it to say Tesla
look like a dimwit by comparison. An amazing man.
Google or have fun and watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlBA9_3zj9wParacelsus
believed in astrology, but then so did a lot of scientists in the 15th century; however coming up with a " Magical Alphabet" and making magical talismans crosses the line.Sir Isaac Newton
far from his image as a total 'rationalist' was a also an occultist who--Oh, here's PBS:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIJlg...next=1&index=9
First met God in a tavern; then had dreams and visions to proclaim The Truth. Freaked out The Queen of Sweden by giving her messages only known to her dead brother. He's probably better known these days as a founder of a church than as a brilliant scientist in the fields of chemistry, mathematics, metallurgy--and inventions.Wilhelm Reich
Took Freud's Libido
to the nth degree. Orgasms produce the building blocks of the universe and control weather. The orgone energy is blue. (could it be love?) If you haven't read him he'll sound at times like Yoda talking of The Force
. Unfortunately he felt persecuted by the government. (The FDA wanted him to stop selling machines which he claimed cured cancer or dissipated clouds) Like a latter day Galileo he died in prison for his beliefs.C.G. Jung
Also believed in astrology, which was not cool with 20th century science--unlike the century of Paracelsus---Sometimes as a last resort he would send a patient to get his horoscope done so he could finally understand him. " Magical " coincidences frequently occurred to him which formed the basis of his Theory of Synchronicity
He also had visions or, as he preferred to refer to them, " Confrontations with the Unconscious." He preached, and famously published--" Seven Sermons To The Dead ". .
Around five o'clock in the afternoon on Sunday the front doorbell began ringing frantically...but there was no one in sight. I was sitting near the doorbell, and not only heard it but saw it moving. We all simply stared at one another. The atmosphere was thick, believe me!
Then I knew that something had to happen. The whole house was filled as if there were a crowd present, crammed full of spirits. They were packed deep right up to the door, and the air was so thick it was scarcely possible to breathe. As for myself, I was all a-quiver with the question: "For God's sake, what in the world is this?" Then they cried out in chorus, "We have come back from Jerusalem where we found not what we sought"
--That is the beginning of the Septem Sermones. (Memories, Dreams, Reflections, p190-1)
Needless to say, I'm also rather fond of Reich and Jung
In fact, all these gentlemen were quite colorful geniuses.