Jeffersonian trivia

2007-10-07

in Geek stuff, Politics, Science

Little known facts:

  1. Former American President Thomas Jefferson was an avid amateur palaeontologist.
  2. In an attempt to mock him, his political opponents gave him the nickname “Mr. Mammoth” during the 1808 election.
  3. He is credited with the discovery of an enormous ground sloth, larger than an elephant, that inhabited North America during the late Pleistocene.
  4. The creature now bears his name: Megalonyx jeffersonii.

These and many other entertaining facts come from the marvellous recent book The World Without Us, which has leapt to the top of my reading pile. I will post a full review when I finish it.

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R.K. October 8, 2007 at 3:17 pm

President James Garfield invented a geometric proof of the Pythagorean Theorem.

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