November 21 in freethought history…

voltaireNovember 21, 1694 – Voltaire is born François-Marie Arouet in Paris, France. An avowed Deist, he was a writer, philosopher and public wit well known for his criticisms of organized religion. He thought Christianity “assuredly the most ridiculous, the most absurd and the most bloody religion which has ever infected this world.” His most famous work is Candide, which mocks the notion that we live in the “best of all possible worlds.” His many other works include “Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet,” which mocks the founder of Islam and surely would have gotten Voltaire murdered were he alive today. He died in 1778, aged 83.

November 21, 1905 – Albert Einstein’s paper on Mass-Energy Equivalence (better know by the famous equation E = mc²) is published in the German scientific journal Annalen der Physik. This was the last of four landmark papers (which included works on the photoelectric effect, Brownian motion and Special Relativity) published during his “Annus Mirabilis.” Einstein died in 1955, aged 76.

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