Who is ur favorite scientist???

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  1. John Connellan Valued Senior Member

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    Who are ur top 5 favorite scientist of all time?

    A few examples just to help and remind u (but not influence u I hope!)

    1) Einstein
    2) Bohr
    3) Darwin
    4) Heisenberg
    5) Shcrodinger
    6) Planck
    7) Watson/Crick
    8) Curie
    9) Dirac
    10) Rutherford
    11) Feynman
    12) Pasteur
    13) Newton
    14) Copernicus
    15) Galileo
    16) Kepler
    17) Faraday
    18) Maxwell
    19) Kelvin
    20) Fermi
    21) Pauli
    22) Hawking
     
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  3. Redrover Registered Senior Member

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    1) Galileo (The grand-daddy of all that is science)
    2) Newton (Laws & Calculus, 'nuff said)
    3) Darwin
    4) Einstein
    5) Watson/Crick or Pasteur
     
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  5. goofyfish Analog By Birth, Digital By Design Valued Senior Member

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    In no particular order:
    • Isaac Newton
    • Dr. Richard Feynman
    • Lise Meitner
    • Nicolaus Copernicus
    • Niels Bohr
    :m: Peace.
     
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  7. John Connellan Valued Senior Member

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    .............

    actually I forgot to mention mine!

    In order they are

    1) Isaac Newton
    2) Neils Bohr
    3) Erwin Schroedinger / Werner Heisenberg
    4) Richard Feynman
    5) Charles Darwin
     
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    Werner Von Braun
     
  9. bigjnorman Registered Senior Member

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    1.) von Neumann
    2.) Hawking
     
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  11. cjmowery Registered Senior Member

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    I can't believe most of you don't pick Maxwell, I think he ranks up there above everybody. Einstein would of never existed without his electromagnetic theories of light and field equations (bearing his name!), but hey thats what opinions are all about!

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    Anyways, here are my top three


    1) Maxwell (for his theory's on electromagnetic waves/kinetic theory of gases)
    2) Newton (all his mechanical physics, gravity and of course CALCULUS!)
    3) Einstein (Relativity)

    Some runner ups

    Faraday (Magnetic Field research)
    Bohr (Kicked started atomic theory)
    Feynmen (QED research)

    Its hard for me to say Feynmen is within these other guys ranks, but for the 21st century, he probably is one of the best thinkers we had.

    Great question to ask, its interesting to see everybody elses picks. Over the history of recorded time, there have been some incredible minds. It's a wonder to think, when somebody gets done with an undergraduate physics degree or some engineering degree, you just learned what all these great minds took 1000's of years to construct in a matter of 4 years. Mindboggling.
     
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  12. John Connellan Valued Senior Member

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    ???

    SkinWalker, I think you'll find Bohr was around in the 20th Century!!!
    But I think I know what u really mean by ur definition of 'Greats of our time'!

    Yes I agree with cjmowery that Maxwell was one of the greatest. He would probably be 7th or 8th on my list and definitely in that elite group of the Top Ten!
     
  13. SkinWalker Archaeology / Anthropology Moderator

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    Ha!... yeah, you are correct of course... he passed in the 60's I think.

    I still consider him to be one of the great pioneers in the tradition of Newton, though... For some reason I always think of his work as being older.

    I must say, however, that my favorite intellectual of all time is Da Vinci. It's hard to ignore his passion for everything! Art, science, etc. Thinkers like him are few and far between.
     
  14. cjmowery Registered Senior Member

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    Can probably throw Aristotle in there too, now we're talking 300BC or around those parts. He may not of been the king of mathematicians, but he made contributions by systematising deductive logic. Which in those days, is about all they could hope for.

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    I like the idea of a discussion of history’s greatest scientists, but like almost every other science forum on the ‘Net, discussions and threads of this nature are heavily skewed towards physicists.

    What is it with everybody’s disproportionate worship of physicists?

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    The only biologists that anyone seems to know of are Darwin, Watson/Crick and Pasteur. Here are some biologists that deserve to be on the list alongside Einstein et al…


    * Richard Dawkins
    * Alexander Fleming
    * Howard Florey
    * Rosalind Franklin
    * Stephen Jay Gould
    * Ernst Haeckel
    * J. B. S. Haldane
    * Robert Hooke
    * Robert Koch
    * Antoni van Leeuwenhoek
    * Barbara McClintock
    * Gregor Mendel
    * Alfred Russel Wallace

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  16. SkinWalker Archaeology / Anthropology Moderator

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    Hey.... I mentioned Dawkins, too

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    I also mentioned the Leakey's and Margarat Meade....

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    People always mention the physicists and biologists but forget about the anthropologists..............

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    I also mentioned a neurologist... fascinating fellow. I'm a big fan of Richard Dawkins' work and I'm re-reading one of his books this week. Another thread about being selfish reminded me about Dawkins' The Selfish Gene so I dug it out...
     
  17. cjmowery Registered Senior Member

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    I think the original question was who is everybodies favorite scientist? I guess that depends on what your background is, I'm in school for EE and Physics, so most of my schooling deals with alot of Maxwell's/Einsteins/Faraday/Newton.. blah blah blah.. you know where I'm heading. If I was a Biologist/Geologist/Chemist I would clearly have different favorites. Plus all the others are more obscure for a reason, their impact was a little more obscure. But thats just my opinion.

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    Cheers
     
  18. Dwayne D.L.Rabon Registered Senior Member

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    dwayne d.l.rabon
     
  19. 2inquisitive The Devil is in the details Registered Senior Member

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    In no particular order:

    (1) Galileo Galilei
    (2) Sir Isaac Newton
    (3) Charles Darwin
    (4) James Maxwell
    (5) Dwayne D L Rabon

    How's that for an honor, Dwayne?
     
  20. John Connellan Valued Senior Member

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    I guess that depends on what your background is, [/B][/QUOTE]





    Does that mean that most of the people on here (or at least who have replied) are physicists ???
     
  21. cjmowery Registered Senior Member

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    No, not at all, but depending on what somebody has gone to school for, or maybe their own personal interests. Hey, it's all opinions, I don't even know who some of those people are people listed, because they are chemists, or biologists, that's not in my field of interest, that's all.

    I think alot of people know, or pick people that are related to physics because it is the broadest and most far reaching science.
     
  22. John Connellan Valued Senior Member

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    And because of that, physicists become much more famous and well known than their chemicistry and biology counterparts.
     
  23. river-wind Valued Senior Member

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    Bob Bakker, cause he's the perfect "I'm a crazy scientist who lives in a van" sterotype. And he's very smart.
     
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