The Tacoma Narrows Fallacy

Nothing can be more certain than this: that we are just beginning to learn something of the wonders of the world on which we live and move and have our being. ~ William Ramsay - 1852 to 1916

Archimedes’ finding that the crown was of gold was a discovery; but he invented the method of determining the density of solids. Indeed discoverers must generally be inventors; though inventors are not necessarily discoverers. - William Ramsay 1852 to 1916 Chemist


The Tacoma Narrows Fallacy

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List of inventors!
List of inventors!

Philip M. Parker (born 1960) USA – computer automated book authoring.

Richard Hall Gower (1768–1833) UK – ship's hull and rigging.

Jules Montenier (1895–1962) USA – modern anti-perspirant deodorant.

Leonard Bocour (1910–1993) together with Sam Golden (1915–1997) USA – Acrylic paint.

Jozef Karol Hell (1713–1789) Slovakia – the water pillar.

Roger Bacon (1214–1292) UK – magnifying glass.

Gilmore Schjeldahl (1912–2002) USA – Airsickness bag.

Charles Hall (1863–1914) USA – aluminum production.

Humberto Fernández Morán (1924–1999) Venezuela – Diamond scalpel Ultra microtome.

C. W. Fuller (inv. 1953) USA – Gilhoolie.

Claude Chappe (1763–1805) France – Semaphore line.

Steve Kirsch (born 1956) USA – Optical mouse.

Chester Carlson (1906–1968) USA – Xerography.

Walter Frederick Morrison (1920–2010) USA – Flying disc.

Calvin Quate (1923–) with Gerd Binnig (1947–) and with Christoph Gerber (?–) USA/Germany/Switzerland – Atomic force microscope.

Muhammad ibn Jābir al-Harrānī al-Battānī (Albatenius) (853-929) Syria/Turkey – observation tube.

Aleksandr Makarov Russia/Germany – Orbitrap mass spectrometer.

Aurel Stodola (1859–1942) Slovakia – gas turbines.

Francis Rogallo (1912–2009) USA – Rogallo wing.

Joseph Day (1855–1946) UK – the crankcase-compression two-stroke engine.


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Brilliant Quotes By Famous And Awesome Scientists!

I believe that new mathematical schemata new systems of axioms certainly new systems of mathematical structures will be suggested by the study of the living world. ~ Stan Ulam 1909 – 1984 - Mathematician

This most beautiful system of the sun planets and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. And if the fixed stars are the centres of other like systems these being formed by the like wise counsel must be all subject to the dominion of One; especially since the light of the fixed stars is of the same nature with the light of the sun. ~ Isaac Newton 1642 to 1727

A physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms. - George Wald 1906 to 1997 Neurobiologist

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

Mathematics is the language in which the gods speak to people. ~ Plato c. 427 BC – c. 347 BC - Mathematician and Philosopher

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

Trial by combat of wits in disputations has no attraction for the seeker after truth; to him the appeal to experiment is the last and only test of the merit of an opinion conjecture or hypotheses. ~ Joseph Mellor - 1869 to 1938


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