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John Atanasoff, Pitcher
Inventor of the first digital computer.
Rene Blondlot, Pitcher
1849-1930. Scientist. Physics
Discredited "discoverer" of N-Rays.
Rudolf Carnap, Shortstop
1891-1970. Philosopher. Logical Positivism
Tried to construct a formal language of science which would exclude all ambiguity.
Noam Chomsky, Leftfield
b.1928. Philosopher. Linguistics
Developed the theory of transformational analysis which suggests the deep structures of language are grammatical in nature from which a diversity of surface structures (different languages) are generated.
John Dewey, Pitcher
1859-1952. Philosopher. Pragmatism
Maintained that the value of philosophy is in its capacity to solve human problems.
Sigmund Freud, Pitcher
1856-1939. Scientist. Psychology
His theory of psychoanalysis is one of the dominant intellectual paradigms of the 20th century.
Robert Goddard, Rightfield
1882-1945. Scientist. Rocket Science
In 1929, Goddard launched the first known instrument carrying rocket when he sent up a missile with a thermometer, barometer, and a camera attached.
G.W.F. Hegel, Firstbase
1770-1831. Philosopher. Absolute Idealism
Hegel's contributions to metaphysics and epistemology attempted to "synthesize" all opposites in an attempt to derive "truth."
Martin Heidegger, Outfield
1889-1976. Philosopher. Existentialism
A student of Edmund Husserl, Heidegger was the leading German existentialist of the 20th century.
Immanuel Kant, Centerfield
1724-1804. Philosopher. Transcendental Idealism
Kan'ts approach attempted to synthesize rationalism (truth through reason) with empiricism (truth through experience.)
Friedrich Nietzsche, Catcher
1844-1900. Philosopher. Ethics
Nietzsche rejects "sympathy" as the foundation for moral values. In place of sympathy the basic human instinct called the "will to power" should guide the development of our values.
Hermann Oberth, Pitcher
1894-1989. Scientist. Rocket Science
With Goddard and Tsiolkovsky, Oberth, like Robert Goddard is one of the pioneers of modern space flight. Like Goddard, Oberth was influenced by the science fiction writing of Jules Verne.
Max Planck, Utility
1858-1947. Scientist. Physics
Formulated the "quantum theory" in physics based on his work with the laws of thermodynamics and black body radiation.
Bertrand Russell, Secondbase
1872-1970. Philosopher. Analytic Philosophy
Part of the Cambridge School of (Philosophical) Analysis which contends that philosophy itself is devoid of content. Philosophy, through analysis of language, should help us understand what knowledge we already have. That is, the metaphysical search for truth is not the business of philosophy.
Alfred Tarski, Infield
1902-1983. Scientist. Mathematics
Tarski made contributions to several branches of mathematics including set theory, measure theory, model theory, and general algebra. In mathematics, an infinite group whose existence seems intuitively impossible is called a "Tarski Monster".
circa 600 b.c. Philosopher. Pre-Socratic
One of the first human thinkers to try and account for natural phenomena using natural explanations rather than the actions of the gods. Thales supposed the primal substance from which all other matter was derived is water.
Alan Turing, Thirdbase
1912-1954. Scientist. Computer Science
Turing's work has directly inspired the artificial intelligence wing of computer science. He believed that it was possible to build computers capable of human thought. He devised the "Turing Test" to examine whether or not a machine could be considered "intelligent."
Rene Descartes, Field Manager
1596-1650. Philosopher. Rationalism
Descartes theorized that God created two primal substances: matter and mind. He believed that consciousness is the only true basis for philosophical certainty and coined the popular expression, "cogito ergo sum." (I think therefore I am.)
David Hume, Coach
1711-1776. Philosopher. Empiricism
Utilized the empiricist model to determine ethical behavior. Cause and effect are not inherent in the external world, only but only in the human mind. Good and evil are generalized concepts which originate in our minds based on our own personal experiences.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, General Manager
1889-1951. Philosopher. Analytic Philosophy
. Wittgenstein explained that a "proposition is a picture of reality." His contributions to 20th century philosophy spanned both a theory of logic and a theory of language.
551-479 b.c. Philosopher. Ethics
Confucianism is essentially a secular system of thought and belief which guides our conduct in the world. Its theories and practice are designed to guide the operations of government, society, education and family life.
- Absolute Idealism
- Analytic Philosophy
- Evolutionary Naturalism
- Transcendental Idealism