In its efforts to learn as much as possible about nature modern physics has found that certain things can never be “known” with certainty. Much of our knowledge must always remain uncertain. The most we can know is in terms of probabilities. ~ Richard Feynman 1918 to 1988
We are storytelling animals and cannot bear to acknowledge the ordinariness of our daily lives. - Stephen Jay Gould 1941 to 2002 Paleontologist
Helge Palmcrantz (1842–1880) Sweden – the multi-barrel lever-actuated machine gun.
Boris Mamyrin (1919–2007) Russia – reflectron (ion mirror).
William Howard Livens (1889–1964) UK – chemical warfare – Livens Projector.
Édouard Branly (1844–1940) France – the coherer the first widely used detector for radio communication..
Ignacy Łukasiewicz (1822–1882) Poland – modern kerosene lamp.
Alexei Tupolev (1925–2001) Russia – the Tupolev Tu-144 (first supersonic passenger jet).
Trevor Baylis (born 1937) UK – a wind-up radio.
Andrei Sakharov (1921–1989) Russia – invented explosively pumped flux compression generator co-developed the Tsar Bomb and tokamak.
Calvin Quate (1923–) with Gerd Binnig (1947–) and with Christoph Gerber (?–) USA/Germany/Switzerland – Atomic force microscope.
Giacomo da Lentini (13th Century) Italy – Sonnet.
Léon Theremin (1896–1993) Russia – theremin interlace burglar alarm terpsitone Rhythmicon (first drum machine) The Thing (listening device).
Robert Watson-Watt (1892–1973) Scotland – microwave radar.
Alexander Fleming (1881–1955) Scotland – penicillin.
Dmitry Lachinov (1842–1902) Russia – mercury pump economizer for electricity consumption electrical insulation tester optical dynamometer photometer elecrolyser.
Ralf Reski (born 1958) Germany – Moss bioreactor 1998.
Rudolf Kompfner (1909–1977) USA – Traveling-wave tube.
John Herschel (1792–1871) UK – photographic fixer (hypo) actinometer.
Victor Babeș (1854–1926) Romania – Babesia the founder of serum therapy.
Vladimir Fyodorov (1874–1966) Russia – Fedorov Avtomat (first self-loading battle rifle arguably the first assault rifle).
Federico Faggin (born 1941) Italy – microprocessor.
Every aspect of the world today – even politics and international relations – is affected by chemistry. ~ Linus Pauling - 1901 to 1994
A detective with his murder mystery a chemist seeking the structure of a new compound use little of the formal and logical modes of reasoning. Through a series of intuitions surmises fancies they stumble upon the right explanation and have a knack of seizing it when it once comes within reach. ~ Gilbert Lewis 1875 – 1946
Things are as they are because they were as they were. - Thomas Gold 1920 to present Astrophysicist
Archimedes’ finding that the crown was of gold was a discovery; but he invented the method of determining the density of solids. Indeed discoverers must generally be inventors; though inventors are not necessarily discoverers. - William Ramsay 1852 to 1916 Chemist
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
Understanding the history of matter and searching for its most interesting forms such as galaxies stars planets and life seems a suitable use for our intelligence. - Robert Kirshner 1949 to present Astronomer
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
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