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 Mathematician and Astronomer
With monads and diads and pentads and triads My brain has been addled completely; And what’s really meant by ‘something-valent ’ Is a question I give up discretely. ~ John Cargill Brough - 1834 to 1872
Al-Khazini (fl.1115–1130) Persia/Iran – hydrostatic balance.
Nicolas Florine (1891–1972) Georgia/Russia/Belgium – first tandem rotor helicopter to fly freely.
Katharine B. Blodgett (1898–1979) UK – nonreflective glass.
Igor Spassky (born 1926) Russia – Sea Launch platform.
Alberto Gianni (1891–1930) Italy – Torretta butoscopica.
James Leonard Plimpton (1828–1911) USA – roller skates.
Tullio Campagnolo (1901–1983) Italy – Quick release skewer.
Ignacy Łukasiewicz (1822–1882) Poland – modern kerosene lamp.
Richard Cannon (born 1954) USA – Electrical panel lockout.
Norman Gaylord (1923–2007) USA – rigid gas-permeable contact lens.
Gavriil Ilizarov (1921–1992) Russia – Ilizarov apparatus external fixation distraction osteogenesis.
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857–1935) Russia – spaceflight.
Alexey Pajitnov (born 1956) Russia/USA – Tetris.
Bette Nesmith Graham (1924–1980) USA – Correction fluid Liquid Paper.
Edward Teller (1908–2003) Hungary – hydrogen bomb.
Shen Kuo (1031–1095) China – improved gnomon armillary sphere clepsydra and sighting tube.
George Antheil (1900–1959) together with Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000) USA Frequency-hopping spread spectrum.
Dmitry Lachinov (1842–1902) Russia – mercury pump economizer for electricity consumption electrical insulation tester optical dynamometer photometer elecrolyser.
Heron (c. 10–70) Roman Egypt – usually credited with invention of the aeolipile although it may have been described a century earlier.
John Goffe Rand (1801–1873) USA – Tube (container).
Suppose we have an unknown number of objects. When counted in threes 2 are left over when counted in fives 3 are left over and when counted in sevens 2 are left over. How many objects are there? ~ Sunzi The Mathematical Classic of Sunzi - Chinese mathematics problem from c. 450 AD
Before the Copernican revolution it was natural to suppose that God’s purposes were specifically concerned with the earth but now this has become an unplausible hypothesis. If it is the purpose of the Cosmos to evolve mind we must regard it as rather incompetent in having produced so little in such a long time. ~ Bertrand Russell 1872 – 1970 - Mathematician and Philosopher
Primates are visual animals above all and anatomical work in particular is as much pictorial as verbal. ~ Stephen Jay Gould 1941 to 2002 - Paleontologist
An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer. - Max Planck 1858 to 1947 Theoretical Physicist
This is an era of specialists each of whom sees his own problem and is unaware of or intolerant of the larger frame into which it fits. ~ Rachel Carson 1907 to 1964 - Marine Biologist
Dr. Ikemoto repeatedly told me that we should not perform research that simply reproduced somebody else’s results. Rather we should do something unique and new. ~ Shinya Yamanaka 1962 to Present - Stem Cell Biologist
All increasing or dominant species (and it is from these that new species arise) vary considerably in all their parts organs and faculties in every generation. ~ Alfred Russel Wallace 1823 to 1913 - Zoologist Evolutionary Biologist
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