Showing what's possible when the
laws of physics don't matter (I should probably have nominated
the animation director, Chuck Jones, but I thought that naming
the rabbit would be more in the spirit of going beyond the physical
Invented the foundation for the
Web in 1945 and founded much of the early thinking about human-centered
Motivated the British to keep going
while the rest of Europe was occupied by Nazis, thus probably
saving the world.
Promoted functional architecture
and the slogan that "a house is a machine for living in."
How can you have a list of Big
Thinkers without the century's most famous scientist? He was really,
Pioneer of the new narrative language
needed for motion pictures. The Web should learn from people like
Eisenstein: he didn't just put a camera in the first row of a
theater to film a play.
Created Rashomon - the most famous
work of non-linear thinking before the Web.
Pioneering and vocal advocate of users' right to
simple computers that everybody can figure out and use as a communications
medium rather than a glorified calculator.
Maybe the century's most compelling
writer, though we still haven't accepted his warnings against
the Big Brother society.
Invented the Turing machine and
the Turing test - who else has two of the most important ideas
of computer science named after them?