Modern day Albert Einstein?

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  1. Steven Genieus Registered Member

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    Do you think there will ever be another great science like Einstein, Vinci, Newton, Franklin?

    it dawned on me that i cant name one great scientist that is alive :shrug:
     
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  3. Omega133 Aus der Dunkelheit Valued Senior Member

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    Well, Hawking, but he passed on a few years back, didn't he?
     
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  5. Steven Genieus Registered Member

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    I wouldnt class Hawking as a scientist...more of a theorologist

    But i.ve heard hes pretty knowledgable in some fields.
     
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  7. Omega133 Aus der Dunkelheit Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah, he discovered Hawkng radiation. Atough I don't really know what that is.
     
  8. Steven Genieus Registered Member

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    Very interesting so black holes should emit radiation according to steveo...but then again can he prove it?
     
  9. Omega133 Aus der Dunkelheit Valued Senior Member

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    Well unfortunately I think it hasn't been proven yet. But all in good time.
     
  10. Steven Genieus Registered Member

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    This thread is redundant, steven hawkings is pretty itelligent after all but his name doesn't really have ring to it.

    Hawking...pfffttt...Einstein just sounds like a fricking genieus
     
  11. Omega133 Aus der Dunkelheit Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah, Einstein was practically the father of the atomic bomb. I had to do a research paper on the Manhattan Project a while back. The actual splitting of the atom was his idea. And he eventually did it.
     
  12. Neverfly Banned Banned

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    Carruthers, Sagan, Hawking (Still alive), Dawkins

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    Many names come to mind. Including Sidas.

    However, Einstein has the fortune of Accomplishment, as well.

    Many people understand even the finest workings of Relativity.
     
  13. Omega133 Aus der Dunkelheit Valued Senior Member

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    I'm not much of a scientist. So I don't know many of these guys.
     
  14. kevinalm Registered Senior Member

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    My condolences for your F.

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    Einstein had almost nothing to do with the atomic bomb. Lise Meitner was the first to understand fission and the potential large energy release. (circa 1939) Enrico Fermi was the one who conceived of a neutron chain reaction in U235 as a potential bomb.

    Einstein's contribution was limited to the mass energy relation in SRT (which was concidered irrelevant untill Meitner and Hahn discovered fission) and a letter urging the American government to undertake what became the Manhattan Project. The letter wasn't particularly effective, there was a delay of a year or more and the intelligence about a likely German bomb project was the most probable incentive.
     
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    I would chuck ole Roger Penrose in there with those others too. If for no other reason than that he hangs out with Hawking. Well, there is that little matter of quasiperiodic plane and space structures.....

    Einstein built his major works "on the shoulders of giants". He was not the first extraordinary thinker we have produced, nor will he be the last. He has now become one of those 'giants' for someone else to stand on as they reach for our future.
     
  17. Pandaemoni Valued Senior Member

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    Ed Witten qualifies. We'll see if string theory pans out, but if it does, Ed Witten was the guy who saved it from looking like multiple different theories.

    If by "genius" you mean "whose intelligence is celebrated by the media" then that is up to the media...and has nothing at all to do with how brilliant the scientist himself or herself may be.

    Einstein was a genius, but that he became a media darling was random, not based on his own native talents alone. Einstein was such a genius that he refused to admit the quantum mechanics was correct, and never came to accept that he was wrong about that, despite decades of startling successes for the theory.
     
  18. stateofmind seeker of lies Valued Senior Member

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    You consider Dawkins a genius? Really??
     
  19. John99 Banned Banned

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    It is true that the name plays a subconscious factor in matters such as these.
     
  20. John99 Banned Banned

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    Dont all geniuses just make stuff up?
     
  21. Jozen-Bo The Wheel Spinning King!!! Registered Senior Member

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    Not sure about the first and the last...but

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    There are many, many more but they aren't getting much recognition...even when they DO prove and provide. This is sad...very sad...:bawl:...for example how many have heard of Mach (I might have spelled his name wrong...but is sounds the same anyways..

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    We ought to formulate a list of canidates in this thread...
     
  22. River Ape Valued Senior Member

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    Well, one could argue that there's a few -- maybe James Watson of "double helix" fame would qualify -- but they are all very old.

    I think you are on to something. There are more brilliant scientists at work than ever before, but there are no truly "great" scientists around. As the frontiers of human knowledge expand, so they get further away from the heartland of everyday learning. The scientists are out there on the frontier and darned near out of sight. Every treck into new territory lies at the end of a path that few know ought of.

    Look at the names of the physicists and chemists who have been awarded Nobel Prizes in the last thirty years, and not only are their names mostly unknown to the public (unless they also have a flair to media work and self-publicity), but the territory in which they were working generally lies at the edge of comprehension.

    The next "great" scientist will be the one who discovers gold out on the frontier.
     
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    i think were jusl less impressed now adays. The microprocessor, cell phones the size of a finger, drive to storf 100's of hours of data, allbeit in inferior mp3 format, but still.
     
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