The Strange Physics Behind the Smell of Rubber Bands

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

It is strange that only extraordinary men make the discoveries which later appear so easy and simple. - Georg C. Lichtenberg 1742 to 1799 Physicist


The Strange Physics Behind the Smell of Rubber Bands

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Hans Tropsch (1889–1935) together with Franz Joseph Emil Fischer (1877–1947) Germany – Fischer–Tropsch process (refinery process).

Antonio Pacinotti (1841–1912) Italy – Pacinotti dynamo.

Yi Xing (683–727) China – astronomical clock.

Satyendra Nath Bose (1894–1974) India – work on gas-like properties of electromagnetic radiation Boson and providing foundation for Bose–Einstein statistics and Bose–Einstein condensate.

Adolphe Kégresse (1879–1943) France/Russia – Kégresse track (first half-track and first off-road vehicle with continuous track) dual clutch transmission.

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

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

Bob Kahn (born 1938) together with Vint Cerf (1943–) USA – Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).

Karl Ferdinand Braun (1850–1918) Germany – cathode-ray tube oscilloscope.

Zhang Heng (78–139) China – Seismometer first hydraulic-powered armillary sphere.

Gilles de Roberval (1602–1675) France – Roberval balance.

Jagdish Chandra Bose (1858–1937) India – Crescograph.

Frans Wilhelm Lindqvist (1862–1931) Sweden – Kerosene stove operated by compressed air.

Petrache Poenaru (1799–1875) Romania – fountain pen.

Alexei Krylov (1863–1945) Russia – gyroscopic damping of ships.

Glenn Curtiss (1878–1930) USA – aeronautical and aeroengine improvements.

Kia Silverbrook (born 1958) Australia – Memjet printer world's most prolific inventor.

Hyman George Rickover (1900–1986) USA – Nuclear submarine.

Emmett Chapman (1936–) US – Chapman Stick.

Guy Severin (1926–2008) Russia – extra-vehicular activity supporting system.


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Brilliant Quotes By Famous And Awesome Scientists!

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 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

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

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

Pierre Curie voluntarily exposed his arm to the action of radium for several hours. This resulted in damage resembling a burn that developed progressively and required several months to heal. Henri Becquerel had by accident a similar burn as a result of carrying in his vest pocket a glass tube containing radium salt. He came to tell us of this evil effect of radium exclaiming in a manner at once delighted and annoyed: “I love it but I owe it a grudge.” - Marie Curie 1867 to 1934 Chemist Physicist

No two electrons in the same state? That is why atoms are so unnecessarily big and why metal and stone are so bulky. (Explaining that atoms are as large as they are because of Wolfgang Pauli’s Principle.) ~ Paul Ehrenfest 1880 – 1933

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


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