Why the dinosaurs died out is not known but it is supposed to be because they had minute brains and devoted themselves to the growth of weapons of offense in the shape of numerous horns. ~ Bertrand Russell 1872 – 1970 - Mathematician and Philosopher
Understanding the history of matter and searching for its most interesting forms such as galaxies stars planets and life seems a suitable use for our intelligence. - Robert Kirshner 1949 to present Astronomer
Gilles de Roberval (1602–1675) France – Roberval balance.
Ludwig Hatschek (1856–1914) Austria – Fibre cement.
Tracy Hall (1919–2008) USA – synthetic diamond.
Hanaoka Seishū (1760–1835) Japan – General anaesthetic.
William C. Brown (1916–1999) USA – Crossed-field amplifier.
Herman Frasch (1851–1914) Germany / USA – Frasch process (petrochemistry) Paraffin wax purification.
Joseph Shivers (1920-2014) USA – Spandex.
Ali Kashmiri ibn Luqman (fl.1589–1590) Mughal India – seamless globe and celestial globe.
Chester Carlson (1906–1968) USA – Xerography.
Ole Kirk Christiansen (1891–1958) Denmark – creator of LEGO.
Dmitry Lachinov (1842–1902) Russia – mercury pump economizer for electricity consumption electrical insulation tester optical dynamometer photometer elecrolyser.
Antonio Meucci (1808–1889) Italy/USA– a.o. various early telephones a hygrometer a milk test.
Alexey Pajitnov (born 1956) Russia/USA – Tetris.
Jean Bernard Léon Foucault (1819–1868) France – Foucault pendulum gyroscope eddy current.
Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) France – Pascal's calculator.
Edwin Beard Budding (1795–1846) UK – lawnmower.
John Herschel (1792–1871) UK – photographic fixer (hypo) actinometer.
S. Scott Crump (inv. c. 1989) USA – a.o. Fused deposition modeling.
Ivan Plotnikov (1902–1995) Russia – kirza leather.
Salvino D'Armate (1258–1312) Italy – credited for inventing eyeglasses in 1284.
In our work we are always between Scylla and Charybdis; we may fail to abstract enough and miss important physics or we may abstract too much and end up with fictitious objects in our models turning into real monsters that devour us. ~ Murray Gell-Mann b. 1929
I am not insensible of the advantage which accrues to Applied Mathematics from the co-operation of the Pure Mathematician and this co-operation is not infrequently called forth by the very imperfections of writers on Applied Mathematics. ~ Ronald Fisher 1890 – 1962 - Mathematician Statistician Evolutionary Biologist
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
Things are as they are because they were as they were. - Thomas Gold 1920 to present Astrophysicist
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
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 uniform character of mathematics is the essence of science for mathematics is the foundation of all exact scientific knowledge. ~ David Hilbert 1862 – 1943 Mathematician
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