The literary convention that numbers less than 10 should be given in words is often highly unsuitable in mathematics… The excessive use of the word forms is regrettably spreading at the present time. ~ J.E. Littlewood 1885 – 1977 - Mathematician
A theory is a supposition which we hope to be true a hypothesis is a supposition which we expect to be useful; fictions belong to the realm of art; if made to intrude elsewhere they become either make-believes or mistakes. - George Johnstone Stoney 1826 to 1911 Physicist
Michael Grätzel (born 1944) Germany/Switzerland– a.o. Dye-sensitized solar cell.
Carl D. Keith (1920–2008) together with John J. Mooney (c. 1928–) USA – three way catalytic converter.
Charles Xavier Thomas de Colmar (1785–1870) France – Arithmometer.
Auguste Piccard (1884–1962) Switzerland – Bathyscaphe.
Boris Grabovsky (1901–1966) Russia – cathode commutator an early electronic TV pickup tube.
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.
Seiichi Miyake (inv. 1965) Japan – Tactile paving.
Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869–1959) UK – Cloud chamber.
Gerd Binnig (born 1947) with Christoph Gerber (?–) and with Calvin Quate (born 1923) Germany/Switzerland/USA – Atomic force microscope.
Albert Bruce Sabin (1906–1993) USA – oral Polio vaccine.
John Bennet Lawes (1814–1900) UK – superphosphate or chemical fertilizer.
Mary Anderson (1866–1953) United States – windshield wiper blade.
Miriam Benjamin (1861–1947) Washington D.C. – Gong and signal chair (adopted by House of Representatives and precursor to flight attendant signal system).
Hermann Anschütz-Kaempfe (1872–1931) Germany – Gyrocompass.
Nicolas Appert (1749–1841) France – canning (food preservation) using glass bottles see also Peter Durand.
Jacob Davis (1868–1908) USA – riveted jeans.
Frederick Walton (c. 1834–1928) UK – Linoleum.
Wallace Carothers (1896–1937) USA – Nylon and Neoprene (together with Arnold Collins).
David Boggs (born 1950) USA – Ethernet.
Glenn Curtiss (1878–1930) USA – aeronautical and aeroengine improvements.
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
God created two acts of folly. First He created the Universe in a Big Bang. Second He was negligent enough to leave behind evidence for this act in the form of microwave radiation. - Paul Erdős 1913 to 1996 Mathematician
The condition of matter I have dignified by the term Electronic THE ELECTRONIC STATE. What do you think of that? Am I not a bold man ignorant as I am to coin words? ~ Michael Faraday 1791 – 1867
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
What is possible in the Cavendish Laboratory may not be too difficult in the sun. - Sir Arthur Eddington 1882 to 1944 Astronomer Physicist Mathematician
I accept no principles of physics which are not also accepted in mathematics. ~ René Descartes 1596 to 1650
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
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