Find the number such that if the whole of it is added to one-seventh of it the result will be nineteen. ~ The Ahmes Papyrus Ancient Egyptian mathematics problem from c. 2200 BC
We cannot define anything precisely! If we attempt to we get into that paralysis of thought that comes to philosophers who sit opposite each other one saying to the other ‘You don’t know what you are talking about!’ The second one says ‘What do you mean by know? What do you mean by talking? What do you mean by you?’ and so on. ~ Richard Feynman 1918 to 1988
Pavel Molchanov (1893–1941) Russia – radiosonde.
Justus von Liebig (1803–1873) Germany – nitrogen-based fertilizer.
Gilmore Schjeldahl (1912–2002) USA – Airsickness bag.
Octave Chanute (1832–1910) US – Civil Engineer.
Joseph G. Gall (born 1928) USA – In situ hybridization (cell biology).
George Stephenson (1781–1848) UK – steam railway.
Bob Kahn (born 1938) together with Vint Cerf (1943–) USA – Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
Arthur Wynne (1862–1945) UK – creator of crossword puzzle.
Seth Boyden (1788–1870) USA – nail-making machine.
Kenyon Taylor (inv. 1961) USA – Flip-disc display.
Adolph Giesl-Gieslingen (1903–1992) Austria – Giesl ejector.
Paul Berg (born 1926) USA – created the first Recombinant DNA molecules.
R. G. LeTourneau (1888–1969) USA – electric wheel motor scraper mobile oil drilling platform bulldozer cable control unit for scrapers.
Nestor Makhno (1888–1934) Ukraine/Russia – tachanka.
Nikolai Lebedenko Russia – Tsar Tank the largest armored vehicle in history.
Artem Mikoyan (1905–1970) Armenia/Russia – MiG-series fighter aircraft including world's most produced jet aircraft MiG-15 and most produced supersonic aircraft MiG-21 (together with Mikhail Gurevich).
David Boggs (born 1950) USA – Ethernet.
Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov (1845–1916) Russia – probiotics.
Yefim Smolin Russia – table-glass (stakan granyonyi).
Vitaly Abalakov (1906–1986) Russia – camming devices Abalakov thread (or V-thread) gearless ice climbing anchor.
Science is the acceptance of what works and the rejection of what does not. That needs more courage than we might think. - Jacob Bronowski 1908 to 1974 Mathematician Biologist
Experimental science hardly ever affords us more than approximations to the truth; and whenever many agents are concerned we are in great danger of being mistaken. ~ Humphry Davy - 1778 to 1829
Instead of being the biological center of the Universe I believe our planet is just an assembly station but one with a major advantage over most other places. The constant presence of liquid water almost everywhere on the Earth is a huge advantage for life especially for assembling life into complex forms by the process we call ‘evolution.’ ~ Fred Hoyle 1915 to 2001 - Astrophysicist
Macroscopic objects as we see them all around us are governed by a variety of forces derived from a variety of approximations to a variety of physical theories. In contrast the only elements in the construction of black holes are our basic concepts of space and time. They are thus almost by definition the most perfect macroscopic objects there are in the universe. ~ Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar 1910 to 1995
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
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
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