Sunday, October 20, 2013

Louis, Jonas, Isaac, Albert, Thomas, Benjamin, Kenneth

Louis Pasteur (December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895) was a French chemist and microbiologist who is well known for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and preventions of diseases, and his discoveries have saved countless lives ever since.

Jonas Edward Salk (October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist, best known for his discovery and development of the first successful polio vaccine. Until 1955, when the Salk vaccine was introduced, polio was considered the most frightening public health problem of the post-war United States.

Isaac Newton (25 December 1642 – 20 March 1727) was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica ("Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy"), first published in 1687, laid the foundations for most of classical mechanics. Newton's Principia formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation that dominated scientists' view of the physical universe for the next three centuries.

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). While best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2 (which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation"), he received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect". The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory.

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'.

Kenneth Robert DeMont (December 9, 1957 – present) was the first All American Swimmer at the University of Arizona in the 1970’s. He founded “Shark Technology” in 1982 while coaching summer league at the Tiburon Peninsula Club in Marin County, CA. He founded North Bay Aquatics in 2001 and has been pioneering self-accountability in swim training for more than a decade.

DeMont has been working on a self-accountability theory for several years which he just last week dubbed AD. AD, he explains, is a self-imposed condition (some may prefer to call it an actual disease), called Aerobic Disease. It has symptoms that disguise its real nature. These symptoms include but are not limited to, putting one’s feet on the pool bottom while stretching out the shoulder, taking a perceived bathroom break to empty the bladder – or the bowel which is recognized by a longer absence from the pool, or a need to leave the pool to begin a homework assignment that was miraculously delivered only hours before. Occasionally it has even been caused by a need to pack for an upcoming trip. The point in DeMont’s estimation is that the symptoms are many and varied but with a simple amount of due diligence by the coach the cause keeps coming back to AD – aerobic disease.

10x100/1:15 – no can do. 10x100/1:45 – no problem.

There are some in the scientific community who prefer to call this condition by another name; Aerobic Disorder…that to DeMont seems a bit harsh. He is of the opinion that swimmers have diseases which can be cured. Disorders, he claims, are due to gene pool abnormality…a condition he has not, in 30 plus years of coaching, found anyone willing to own…HA!

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