Benjamin Franklin performed a beautiful experiment using surfactants; on a pond at Clapham Common he poured a small amount of oleic acid a natural surfactant which tends to form a dense film at the water-air interface. He measured the volume required to cover all the pond. Knowing the area he then knew the height of the film something like three nanometers in our current units. ~ Pierre-Gilles de Gennes 1932 to 2007
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
Joseph Day (1855–1946) UK – the crankcase-compression two-stroke engine.
Semyon Lavochkin (1900–1960) Russia – La-series aircraft first operational surface-to-air missile S-25 Berkut.
Hanaoka Seishū (1760–1835) Japan – General anaesthetic.
Abi Bakr of Isfahan (c. 1235) Persia/Iran – mechanical geared astrolabe with lunisolar calendar.
Eli Whitney (1765–1825) USA – the cotton gin.
Jacob Christoph Le Blon (1667–1741) Germany/UK – three and four color Color printing.
Spede Pasanen (1930–2001) Finland – a.o. ski jumping sling boat ski.
Sidney Rosenthal (1907–1979) USA – Magic Marker.
Otto Schmitt (1913–1998) USA – Schmitt trigger (electronics).
Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov (1845–1916) Russia – probiotics.
Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor (born 1972) Malaysia – cell growth in outer space crystallization of proteins and microbes in space.
Gunther von Hagens (born 1945) Germany – whole body Plastination.
Charles Babbage (1791–1871) UK – analytical engine (semi-automatic).
Leland Clark (1918–2005) USA – Clark electrode (medicine).
Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) France – Pascal's calculator.
Charles Macintosh (1766–1843) Scotland – waterproof raincoat life vest.
Zhang Heng (78–139) China – Seismometer first hydraulic-powered armillary sphere.
Henry Heimlich (born 1920) USA – Heimlich maneuver.
Fritz Klatte (1880–1934) Germany – vinyl chloride forerunner to polyvinyl chloride.
Stephanie Kwolek (1923-2014) USA – Kevlar.
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
This most beautiful system of the sun planets and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. And if the fixed stars are the centres of other like systems these being formed by the like wise counsel must be all subject to the dominion of One; especially since the light of the fixed stars is of the same nature with the light of the sun. ~ Isaac Newton 1642 to 1727
Although Nature needs thousands or millions of years to create a new species man needs only a few dozen years to destroy one. - Victor Scheffer 1906 to 2011 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
Falsity in intellectual action is intellectual immorality. - Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin 1843 to 1928 Geologist
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
Still I had a lurking question. Would it not be better if one could really ‘see’ whether molecules as complicated as the sterols or strychnine were just as experiment suggested? ~ Dorothy Hodgkin - 1910 to 1984
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