Human beings are trying to interpret the meaning of dreams from the time they started sleeping. But do dreams really have meanings? Can they change one’s life or possibly even the whole world.
Unbelievable it seems, but some people got rich, famous and even achieved Nobel Prize all due to dreams. So here goes the list.
6) Adolf Hitler
Sometimes dreams can save one life and that life can take more than other sixty million lives instead. Regarded as the evilest person ever born, Adolf Hitler once saved his life all due to one dream.
While serving in World War I, Hitler experienced a nightmare while asleep in a trench. He dreamed that he was buried under earth and red-hot iron.
Upon waking up from the nightmare Hitler ran out of the trench for a walk to refresh his mind. Believe it or not, a few minutes later a shell exploded exactly where Hitler had been sleeping, killing and burying his fellow soldiers. Hitler’s dream was spookily correct. It is unknown whether he had psychic abilities or not but this dream though indirectly, changed our history in a very devastating way.
Benzene holds an important place in organic chemistry and so it’s structure. It’s structure was a topic of a lot of controversies in the 19th century.
Being an important chemical for manufacturing of many useful compounds, many efforts were made to discover its chemical structure but all in vain.
Benzene has six atoms each of carbon and hydrogen (C6H6) which confused chemists then, because a carbon atom bonds with four other atoms to fill its octet but it’s formula was not able to satisfy it. The Hence structure of Benzene was a great challenge for the chemists. Then one day a dream about a snake biting his own tail came to one of the leading chemist of that time, who was Friedrich August Kekule.
He himself worked hard for years trying to figure out the structure of this compound. He got inspired by the dream of a snake biting its tail and then realized that benzene might have a structure that of a ring, finally solving this puzzle.
Frankenstein, was published almost 200 years ago but still manages to bring goosebumps to readers even today. The remarkable horror fiction was written by Mary Shelley when she was a teenager and was at the home of poet Lord Byron in Switzerland.
One day Lord Byron challenged his guests including Shelley to write a horror story and narrate it the next day. It is a well-known fact that novelists are many times inspired by dreams. That night Shelley also had a dream which inspired her to write her own horror story.
The following is Mary Shelley’s account of what happened after Lord Byron’s request.
When I placed my head upon my pillow, I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think… I saw – with shut eyes, but acute mental vision – I saw the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together. I saw the hideous phantasm of a man stretched out, and then, on the working of some powerful engine, show signs of life, and stir with an uneasy, half-vital motion.
I opened mine in terror. The idea so possessed my mind that a thrill of fear ran through me Swift as light and as cheering was the idea that broke upon me. ‘I have found it! What terrified me will terrify others.”
The next day she not only narrated the story but later also wrote the legendary novel, “Frankenstein”.
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3) Dmitri Mendeleev
Dmitri Mendeleev was a Russian chemist born on 1834, best remembered for a development of the periodic law, periodic table and prediction of properties of eight elements which were undiscovered at that time. This law stated that elements, when arranged according to their atomic mass, shows a periodicity of chemical properties.
He himself admitted that he saw the complete arrangement of the elements in one of his dream.
I saw in a dream a table where all elements fell into place as required. Awakening, I immediately wrote it down on a piece of paper, only in one place did a correction later seem necessary.
This creative dream corrected the previous wrong held laws and theories regarding the classification of elements and even got him nominated for a Nobel prize, although he narrowly missed it.The most remarkable part of Mendeleev’s periodic table was that it left a gap for the undiscovered elements. Much revised since the periodic table of elements remains the foundation of modern chemistry.
2) Srinivas Ramanujan
Srinivas Ramanujan was a self-taught mathematician prodigy born in a rural village in South India. Though he never received formal education in mathematics, he arrived at his results by an almost miraculous intuition. He contributed significantly towards an analytical theory of numbers, mathematical analysis, number theory, continued fractions, elliptical functions, infinite series, and proved 3,000 plus mathematical theorems in his short lifetime. This gifted person was a prolific dreamer and was helped many times regarding mathematical problems by Hindu goddess known as Namakkal (as he stated ) in his dreams which he would verify upon waking. Describing one of his many dreams related to mathematical problems, Ramanujan said:
While asleep I had an unusual experience. There was a red screen formed by flowing blood as it were. I was observing it. Suddenly a hand began to write on the screen. I became all attention. That hand wrote a number of results in elliptic integrals. They stuck to my mind. As soon as I woke up, I committed them to writing…”
1) Larry Page
One night a graduate at Stanford, in his dream was able to download the entire web into his computer. Inspired by that he started a search engine called Backrub which was later renamed to what we know today as Google and that graduate was none other than Larry Page. At present Google is the most visited website in the world with net worth of more than 350 billion dollars.
Hence, this multinational technology company was also a result of a dream. Page once explained his dream to college graduates in a commencement address which goes like this, “When I suddenly woke up,” said Page in his address,
I was thinking: what if we could download the whole web, and just keep the links and…I grabbed a pen and started writing!. I spent the middle of that night scribbling out the details and convincing myself it would work…When a really great dream shows up, grab it!
The page is presently the CEO of one of the most influential company in the world with a net worth of more than 29 billion dollars.