I see some parallels between the shifts of fashion in mathematics and in music. In music the popular new styles of jazz and rock became fashionable a little earlier than the new mathematical styles of chaos and complexity theory. Jazz and rock were long despised by classical musicians but have emerged as art-forms more accessible than classical music to a wide section of the public. Jazz and rock are no longer to be despised as passing fads. Neither are chaos and complexity theory. But still classical music and classical mathematics are not dead. Mozart lives and so does Euler. When the wheel of fashion turns once more quantum mechanics and hard analysis will once again be in style. ~ Freeman Dyson b. 1923 - Mathematician and Physicist
We are storytelling animals and cannot bear to acknowledge the ordinariness of our daily lives. - Stephen Jay Gould 1941 to 2002 Paleontologist
Jan Czochralski (1885–1953) Poland / Germany – Czochralski process (crystal growth).
Donald A. Glaser (1926–2013) USA – Bubble chamber.
Lyman Spitzer (1914–1997) USA – Stellarator (physics).
Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632–1723) The Netherlands – development of the microscope.
Sylvester Marsh (1803–1884) USA – Marsh rack railway system.
Sergey Brin (born 1973) Russia/USA – with Larry Page invented Google web search engine.
James Gregory (1638–1675) Scotland – Gregorian telescope.
Richard F. Lyon (1952–) USA – Optical mouse.
Miriam Benjamin (1861–1947) Washington D.C. – Gong and signal chair (adopted by House of Representatives and precursor to flight attendant signal system).
Muhammad ibn Jābir al-Harrānī al-Battānī (Albatenius) (853-929) Syria/Turkey – observation tube.
Alexander Smakula (1900–1983) Ukraine/Russia/USA – anti-reflective coating.
Fedor Tokarev (1871–1968) Russia – TT-33 semiautomatic handgun and SVT-40 self-loading rifle.
Ahmed Majan (1963–) UAE – instrumented racehorse saddle and others.
George H. Heilmeier (born 1936) USA – liquid crystal display (LCD).
Ulugh Beg (1394–1449) Persia/Iran – Fakhri sextant mural sextant.
Gersh Budker (1918–1977) Russia – electron cooling co-inventor of collider.
Richard T. Whitcomb (1921–2009) USA – Supercritical airfoil Winglet.
Archibald Low (1882–1956) Britain – Pioneer of radio guidance systems.
Guglielmo Marconi (1874–1937) Italy – radio telegraphy.
Andrey Geim (born 1958) Russia/United Kingdom – graphene.
Nearly 2.5 billion years of prokaryotic cells and nothing else – two-thirds of life’s history in stasis at the lowest level of recorded complexity… Why did life remain at stage 1 for two-thirds of its history if complexity offers such benefits? ~ Stephen Jay Gould 1941 to 2002 - Paleontologist
I am not insensible of the advantage which accrues to Applied Mathematics from the co-operation of the Pure Mathematician and this co-operation is not infrequently called forth by the very imperfections of writers on Applied Mathematics. ~ Ronald Fisher 1890 – 1962 - Mathematician Statistician Evolutionary Biologist
Pure mathematics exist by themselves; no will produces them no power can limit them. They are eternal laws that no man can infringe and from which it is impossible to escape. ~ S. Sandaram Iyer 1883 - Philosopher
Chemists do not usually stutter. It would be very awkward if they did seeing that they have at times to get out such words as methylethylamylophenylium. ~ Sir William Crookes - 1832 to 1919
Trial by combat of wits in disputations has no attraction for the seeker after truth; to him the appeal to experiment is the last and only test of the merit of an opinion conjecture or hypotheses. ~ Joseph Mellor - 1869 to 1938
In practical applications we are concerned only with comparatively small numbers; only stellar astronomy and atomic physics deal with ‘large’ numbers and they have very little more practical importance as yet than the most abstract pure mathematics. ~ G. H. Hardy 1877 – 1947 - Mathematician
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
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