The invention of logarithms came to the world as a bolt from the blue. No previous work had led up to it… It stands isolated breaking in upon human thought abruptly without borrowing from the work of other intellects or following known lines of mathematical thought. ~ John Moulton 1844 – 1921 - Mathematician
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
Ulugh Beg (1394–1449) Persia/Iran – Fakhri sextant mural sextant.
James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879) and Thomas Sutton Scotland – color photography.
Remi Swierczek (born 1958) Poland – Inventor of Music Identification System and the Mico Changer (coin hopper and dispenser used in casinos).
Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731) Italy – piano.
Philip Diehl (1847–1913) USA – Ceiling fan electric sewing machine.
Erna Schneider Hoover (born 1926) USA – computerized telephone switching system.
Mark Serrurier (1904–1988) USA – Serrurier truss for Optical telescopes.
Federico Faggin (born 1941) Italy – microprocessor.
Sylvester Marsh (1803–1884) USA – Marsh rack railway system.
Charles Francis Richter (1900–1985) USA – Richter magnitude scale.
Richard Drew (1899–1980) USA – Masking tape.
Peter Durand (inv. 1810) UK – canning using tin cans see also Nicolas Appert.
Albert Bruce Sabin (1906–1993) USA – oral Polio vaccine.
Willard Frank Libby (1908–1980) USA – radiocarbon dating.
Henry Heimlich (born 1920) USA – Heimlich maneuver.
Carl D. Keith (1920–2008) together with John J. Mooney (c. 1928–) USA – three way catalytic converter.
Michael I. Pupin (1858–1935) Serbia – pupinization (loading coils) tunable oscillator.
Ida Rosenthal (1886–1973) Belarus/Russia/United States – modern bra (Maidenform) the standard of cup sizes nursing bra full-figured bra the first seamed uplift bra (all with her husband William).
Sergei Lebedev (1874–1934) Russia – commercially viable synthetic rubber.
Pavel Schilling (1786–1837) Estonia/Russia – first electromagnetic telegraph mine with an electric fuse.
When you hear a physicist invoke the uncertainty principle keep a hand on your wallet. ~ David Griffiths b. 1942
A theory is a supposition which we hope to be true a hypothesis is a supposition which we expect to be useful; fictions belong to the realm of art; if made to intrude elsewhere they become either make-believes or mistakes. - George Johnstone Stoney 1826 to 1911 Physicist
The chief philosophical value of physics is that it gives the mind something distinct to lay hold of which if you don’t Nature at once tells you you are wrong. ~ James Clerk Maxwell 1831 to 1879
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
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
Everything that human beings or living animals do is done by protein molecules. And therefore the kind of proteins that one has and therefore the ability one has is determined by the genes that one has. ~ Har Gobind Khorana 1922 – 2011 - Molecular Biologist
If your experiment needs statistics you ought to have done a better experiment. - Ernest Rutherford 1871 to 1937 Physicist
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