May 1914

Hiram Stevens Maxim

During the arms race, scientist and inventors often played a crucial role in many countries.

Hiram Stevens Maxim (1840 – 1916), an anglo-american inventor, patented the machine gun, a weapon capable to fire hundreds of shots per minute; but also carousels for amusement parks, flying machines, the incandescent light bulb. George Méliès (1861 – 1938), cinema pioneer, ironically quoted Jules Verne's utopia of firing a bullet with men on board to the Moon. In his movie (A Trip to the Moon, 1902) the bullet sticks into the satellite’s eye.