Marx, Freud, Proust, Einstein, Bernhardt and Kafka. Between the
middle of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries a few dozen men
and women changed the way we see the world. But many have vanished
from our collective memory despite their enduring importance in our
daily lives. Without Karl Landsteiner, for instance, there would be
no blood transfusions or major surgery. Without Paul Ehrlich no
chemotherapy. Without Siegfried Marcus no motor car. Without
Rosalind Franklin genetic science would look very different.
Without Fritz Haber there would not be enough food to sustain life
on earth. These visionaries all have something in common - their
Jewish origins and a gift for thinking outside the box. In 1847 the
Jewish people made up less than 0.25% of the world's population,
and yet they saw what others could not. How?
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