There may be babblers wholly ignorant of mathematics who dare to condemn my hypothesis upon the authority of some part of the Bible twisted to suit their purpose. I value them not and scorn their unfounded judgment. - Nicolaus Copernicus 1473 – 1543 Astronomer Mathematician
But though the professed aim of all scientific work is to unravel the secrets of nature it has another effect not less valuable on the mind of the worker. It leaves him in possession of methods which nothing but scientific work could have led him to invent. ~ James Clerk Maxwell 1831 to 1879
Ivan Kulibin (1735–1818) Russia – egg-shaped clock candle searchlight elevator using screw mechanisms a self-rolling carriage featuring a flywheel brake gear box and bearing an early optical telegraph.
James Henry Greathead (1844–1896) South Africa – tunnel boring machine tunnelling shield technique.
Richard Drew (1899–1980) USA – Masking tape.
Lyman Spitzer (1914–1997) USA – Stellarator (physics).
Mikhail Mil (1909–1970) Russia – Mi-series helicopter aircraft including Mil Mi-8 (the world's most-produced helicopter) and Mil Mi-12 (the world's largest helicopter).
Carl Friedrich Claus (c. 1883) Germany – Claus process (petrochemistry).
Andrei Tupolev (1888–1972) Russia – turboprop powered long-range airliner (Tupolev Tu-114) turboprop strategic bomber (Tupolev Tu-95).
Arthur William Savage (1857–1938) – radial tires gun magazines Savage Model 99 lever action rifle.
Willard Boyle (1924–2011) together with George E. Smith (1930–) USA – Charge-coupled device (CCD).
Ivan Polzunov (1728–1766) Russia – first two-cylinder steam engine.
Tokushichi Mishima (1893–1975) Japan – MKM magnetic steel.
Vladimir Petlyakov (1891–1942) Russia – heavy bomber.
Shintaro Uda (1869–1976) together with Hidetsugu Yagi (1886–1976) Japan – Yagi-Uda antenna.
Tom Knight (? - ) USA - BioBricks (synthetic biology).
Edwin H. Land (1909–1991) USA – Polaroid polarizing filters and the Land Camera.
George Constantinescu (1881–1965) Romania – creator of the theory of sonics a new branch of continuum mechanics.
John Ambrose Fleming (1848–1945) UK – vacuum diode.
Charlie Booth (1903–2008) Australia – Starting blocks.
E. K. Gauzen Russia – three bolt equipment (early diving costume).
Adolf Gaston Eugen Fick (1829–1901) Germany – contact lens.
Division is esteemed one of the busiest operations of Arithmetic and such as requireth a mind not wandering or settled upon other matters. ~ Thomas Hylles The arte of vulgar arithmeticke 1600 - Mathematician
Falsity in intellectual action is intellectual immorality. - Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin 1843 to 1928 Geologist
Things are as they are because they were as they were. - Thomas Gold 1920 to present Astrophysicist
In my experience most mathematicians are intellectually lazy and especially dislike reading experimental papers. ~ Francis Crick 1916 – 2004 - Molecular Biologist
Experimental science hardly ever affords us more than approximations to the truth; and whenever many agents are concerned we are in great danger of being mistaken. ~ Humphry Davy - 1778 to 1829
Instead of being the biological center of the Universe I believe our planet is just an assembly station but one with a major advantage over most other places. The constant presence of liquid water almost everywhere on the Earth is a huge advantage for life especially for assembling life into complex forms by the process we call ‘evolution.’ ~ Fred Hoyle 1915 to 2001 - Astrophysicist
I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 605 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe and the same number of electrons. - Sir Arthur Eddington 1882 to 1944 Astronomer Physicist Mathematician
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