What Makes Soft Things Soft?

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

We must reason in natural philosophy not from what we hope or even expect but from what we perceive. ~ Humphry Davy - 1778 to 1829


What Makes Soft Things Soft?

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List of inventors!
List of inventors!

Nikolai Korotkov (1874–1920) Russia – auscultatory technique for blood pressure measurement.

John Boyd Dunlop (1840–1921) UK – first practical pneumatic tyre.

Mikhail Tsvet (1872–1919) Russia – chromatography (specifically adsorption chromatography the first chromatography method).

James Gregory (1638–1675) Scotland – Gregorian telescope.

Richard Drew (1899–1980) USA – Masking tape.

George Pullman (1831–1897) USA – Pullman sleep wagon.

Ward Christensen (inv. 1978–) USA – Bulletin board system.

Richard Hamming (1915–1998) USA – Hamming code.

Cornelius Drebbel (1572–1633) The Netherlands – first navigable submarine.

Chuck Hull (born 1939) USA – 3D printer.

B. F. Skinner (1904–1990) USA – Operant conditioning chamber.

Norman Wilkinson (1878–1971) UK – Dazzle camouflage.

Werner von Siemens (1816–1892) Germany – a.o. electric elevator Electromote (= first trolleybus) an early Dynamo.

Karl Drais (1785–1851) Germany – dandy horse (Draisine).

Eduard Locher (1840–1910) Switzerland – Locher rack railway system.

Gavriil Adrianovich Tikhov (1875–1960) Russia – feathering spectrograph.

Walter Houser Brattain (1902–1987) USA – co-inventor of the transistor.

Eugene Roshal (born 1972) Russia – FAR file manager RAR file format WinRAR file archiver.

Charles Francis Richter (1900–1985) USA – Richter magnitude scale.

Camillo Golgi (1843–1926) Italy – Golgi's method (histology).


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Brilliant Quotes By Famous And Awesome Scientists!

Division is esteemed one of the busiest operations of Arithmetic and such as requireth a mind not wandering or settled upon other matters. ~ Thomas Hylles The arte of vulgar arithmeticke 1600 - Mathematician

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

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

I accept no principles of physics which are not also accepted in mathematics. ~ René Descartes 1596 to 1650

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

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

If physics and biology one day meet and one of the two is swallowed up that one will be biology. ~ J. B. S. Haldane 1892 to 1964 - Biologist


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