In September of 1899, Mark Twain stated in Harper’s Magazine: “If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust, lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of; has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people… His contribution to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine and abstract learning are also way out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers.”
Today the Jewish people inhabit less than two-tenths of one per cent of the global population. Nevertheless, throughout history this small group of people has contributed to humanity and modern society in unimaginable, powerful and prominent ways. Despite the all too familiar encounters amid anti-Semitism, the Jewish people have achieved extraordinary triumph and success. Among them is a long list of innovators, thinkers, reformers, writers, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Currently 157 Jews have won Nobel Prizes, over a hundred were listed in Who’s Who, and more than two hundred were represented in American Men of Science. Although thousands have made exceptional contributions to humanity, the author, with much effort, narrowed the list to a variety of 350 greatly remarkable individuals, ranging from the greatest scientists the world has ever known, to musician and poets who have touched our hearts, to actors and comedians who have forever entertained us. Some we have heard of, many however, have not publicized themselves as what they are, but rather what they do. These are the celebrated Jews who have revolutionized the ways in which we live, think and perceive our world today and continually aid in developing our future.
In this highly informative and readable volume, Joe King presents us with an impressive array of Jewish talent and creativity in the modern world. Here are a few of the fascinating minds you will meet: Paul Ehrlich, the father of chemotheraphy Albert Einstein, the world's greatest man of science Sigmund Freud, whose supreme achievement was his introduction of psychoanalysis as a way to treat neurotic disorders Al Gross, who invented the walkie talkie, the beeper and hand-held wireless communication devices Lisa Meitner, who published the first report on nuclear fission Jonas E. Salk, who developed the polio vaccine