Things are as they are because they were as they were. - Thomas Gold 1920 to present Astrophysicist
A fact acquires its true and full value only through the idea which is developed from it. ~ Justus von Liebig - 1803 to 1873
James McLurkin (born 1972) USA – Ant robotics (robotics).
Samuel P. Langley (1834–1906) USA – bolometer.
Robert Fulton (1765–1815) United States – first commercially successful steamboat first practical submarine.
Charles Xavier Thomas de Colmar (1785–1870) France – Arithmometer.
Samuel Colt (1814–1862) USA – Revolver.
Glenn Curtiss (1878–1930) USA – aeronautical and aeroengine improvements.
Willard Frank Libby (1908–1980) USA – radiocarbon dating.
Tom Knight (? - ) USA - BioBricks (synthetic biology).
Christopher Polhem (1661–1751) Sweden – the modern padlock.
John Bennet Lawes (1814–1900) UK – superphosphate or chemical fertilizer.
Hyman George Rickover (1900–1986) USA – Nuclear submarine.
Ernest Beaux (1881–1961) Russia/France – Chanel No. 5.
Ray Dolby (1933–2013) USA – Dolby noise-reduction system.
Edward Teller (1908–2003) Hungary – hydrogen bomb.
Sylvester Marsh (1803–1884) USA – Marsh rack railway system.
Archimedes (c. 287–212 BC) Greece – Archimedes' screw.
Abbas Ibn Firnas (Armen Firman) (810–887) Al-Andalus – artificial wings fused quartz and silica glass metronome.
Donát Bánki (1859–1922) Hungary – inventor of the carburetor for the stationary engine.
Alec Reeves (1902–1971) UK – Pulse-code modulation.
Bryan Donkin (1768–1855) UK – print industry composition roller.
It is thus probable that germs of the lowest organisms known to us are continually being carried away from the earth and the other planets upon which they exist. As seeds in general so most of these spores thus carried away will no doubt meet death in the cold infinite space of the universe. Yet a small number of spores will fall on some other world and may there be able to spread life if conditions be suitable. ~ Svante Arrhenius 1859 to 1927 - Physical Chemist
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
Botany consists in the gathering of plants and the dismembering of them in connection with the use of a complicated terminology. That is the beginning and end of botany as it is understood by the majority. ~ Herbert Maule Richards 1871 to 1928 - Botanist
An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer. - Max Planck 1858 to 1947 Theoretical Physicist
I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 605 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe and the same number of electrons. - Sir Arthur Eddington 1882 to 1944 Astronomer Physicist Mathematician
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
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
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