I Can’t Believe It’s Not Wood

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

I see some parallels between the shifts of fashion in mathematics and in music. In music the popular new styles of jazz and rock became fashionable a little earlier than the new mathematical styles of chaos and complexity theory. Jazz and rock were long despised by classical musicians but have emerged as art-forms more accessible than classical music to a wide section of the public. Jazz and rock are no longer to be despised as passing fads. Neither are chaos and complexity theory. But still classical music and classical mathematics are not dead. Mozart lives and so does Euler. When the wheel of fashion turns once more quantum mechanics and hard analysis will once again be in style. ~ Freeman Dyson b. 1923 - Mathematician and Physicist


I Can't Believe It's Not Wood

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List of inventors!
List of inventors!

Roland Moreno (1945–2012) France – inventor of the smart card.

William Snow Harris (1791–1867) United Kingdom – much improved naval Lightning rods.

R. G. LeTourneau (1888–1969) USA – electric wheel motor scraper mobile oil drilling platform bulldozer cable control unit for scrapers.

William George Armstrong (1810–1900) UK – hydraulic accumulator.

William Thomson 1st Baron Kelvin (1824–1907) United Kingdom – Kelvin absolute temperature scale.

Daniel Axelrod (inv. 1980) USA – Total internal reflection fluorescence microscope.

John Stringfellow (1799–1883) UK – aerial steam carriage.

Charles Simonyi (born 1948) Hungary – Hungarian notation.

John Frederic Daniell (1790–1845) United Kingdom – Daniel cell.

J. Stuart Blackton (1875–1941) USA – stop-motion film.

Harold D. Kraft (c. 1960) together with Jack A. Kraft (c. 1960) USA – Vortex mixer.

John Heysham Gibbon (1903–1973) USA – Heart-lung machine.

Gheorghe Marinescu (1863–1938) Romania – the first science films in the world in the neurology clinic in Bucharest (1898–1901).

Ernst Karl Abbe (1840–1905) Germany – Condenser (microscope) apochromatic lens refractometer.

Mario Ramberg Capecchi (born 1937) together with Sir Martin John Evans (born 1941) and Oliver Smithies (born 1925) USA – Knockout mouse Gene targeting.

Jimmy Wales (born 1966) together with Larry Sanger (1968–) USA – Wikipedia.

Remi Swierczek (born 1958) Poland – Inventor of Music Identification System and the Mico Changer (coin hopper and dispenser used in casinos).

Sharaf al-Dīn al-Tūsī (1135–1213) Persia/Iran – linear astrolabe.

Frank Eugene Austin (1873–1964) USA – first patented ant farm.

James Watt (1736–1819) Scotland – improved Steam engine.


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Brilliant Quotes By Famous And Awesome Scientists!

But though the professed aim of all scientific work is to unravel the secrets of nature it has another effect not less valuable on the mind of the worker. It leaves him in possession of methods which nothing but scientific work could have led him to invent. ~ James Clerk Maxwell 1831 to 1879

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

The legend that every cipher is breakable is of course absurd though still widespread among people who should know better. ~ J.E. Littlewood 1885 – 1977 - Mathematician

There are many ways of knocking electrons out of atoms. The simplest is to rub two surfaces together. ~ Fred Hoyle 1915 to 2001

This is an era of specialists each of whom sees his own problem and is unaware of or intolerant of the larger frame into which it fits. ~ Rachel Carson 1907 to 1964 - Marine Biologist

I saw that people trying to synthesize gold and silver were working in ignorance and by false methods; I then perceived that they belonged to two classes the dupers and the duped. I pitied both of them. ~ Geber c. 712 – c. 815 AD

Every aspect of the world today – even politics and international relations – is affected by chemistry. ~ Linus Pauling - 1901 to 1994


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