Famous vegetarians, part 3. Scientists and writers

We continue to write about famous vegetarians. And today we will talk about the great scientists, philosophers and writers who made their choice in favor of life, refusing food of animal origin: Einstein, Pythagoras, Leonardo da Vinci and others.

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Leo Tolstoy, writer. Enlightener, publicist, religious thinker. The ideas of nonviolent resistance that Tolstoy expressed in The Kingdom of God Is Within You influenced Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Tolstoy made his first step towards vegetarianism in 1885, when the English vegetarian writer William Frey visited his residence in Yasnaya Polyana.

Pythagoras, philosopher and mathematician. Founder of the religious and philosophical school of the Pythagoreans. The teachings of Pythagoras were based on the principles of humanity and self-restraint, justice and moderation. Pythagoras forbade killing innocent animals and harming them.

Albert Einstein, scientist. Author of more than 300 scientific papers in physics, as well as about 150 books and articles in the field of history and philosophy of science, journalism. One of the founders of modern theoretical physics, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, public figure and humanist.

Nikola Tesla, physicist, engineer, inventor in the field of electrical and radio engineering. Widely known for his scientific and revolutionary contribution to the study of the properties of electricity and magnetism. The unit of measurement of magnetic induction in the SI system and the American automobile company Tesla Motors, focused on the production of electric vehicles, are named after Tesla.

Plato, philosopher. Student of Socrates, teacher of Aristotle. One of the founders of the idealistic trend in world philosophy. Plato was indignant: “Isn’t it a shame when medical assistance is required due to our dissolute life?”, while he himself was very abstinent, preferring simple food, for which he was nicknamed “lover of figs.”

Franz Kafka, writer. His works, permeated with absurdity and fear of the outside world and the highest authority, are able to awaken in the reader the corresponding disturbing feelings – a phenomenon unique in world literature.

Mark Twain, writer, journalist and social activist. Mark wrote in a variety of genres – realism, romanticism, humor, satire, philosophical fiction. Being a convinced humanist, he conveyed his ideas through his work. Author of the famous books about the adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Leonardo da Vinci, artist (painter, sculptor, architect) and scientist (anatomist, mathematician, physicist, naturalist). His inventions were several centuries ahead of their time: parachute, tank, catapult, searchlight and many others. Da Vinci said: “From early childhood, I refused to eat meat and the day will come when a person will treat the killing of animals in the same way as the killing of people.”

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