Why does ice float?


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All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It is impossible until you understand it and then it becomes trivial. ~ Ernest Rutherford 1871 to 1937

The chemists are a strange class of mortals impelled by an almost insane impulse to seek their pleasures amid smoke and vapor soot and flame poisons and poverty; yet among all these evils I seem to live so sweetly that may I die if I were to change places with the Persian king. ~ Johann Joachim Becher - 1635 to 1682


Why does ice float?

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List of inventors!
List of inventors!

Roxey Ann Caplin (1793–1888) UK – Corset.

Daniel David Palmer (1845–1913) Canada – chiropractic.

William Morrison (dentist) (1860–1926) USA – a.o. Cotton candy machine.

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

Hubert Schlafly (1919–2011) USA – Teleprompter = Autocue.

Joseph Constantine Carpue (1764–1846) France – rhinoplastic surgery.

Otto Wichterle (1913–1989) Czechoslovakia – soft contact lens.

Simon Sunatori (born 1959) Canada – inventor of MagneScribe and Magic Spicer.

Friedrich Wilhelm Gustav Bruhn (1853–1927) Germany – Taximeter.

Friedrich Bergius (1884–1949) Germany – Bergius process (synthetic fuel from coal).

Erna Schneider Hoover (born 1926) USA – computerized telephone switching system.

Motorins Ivan Feodorovich (1660s–1735) and his son Mikhail Ivanovich (?–1750) Russia – Tsar Bell.

John Bardeen (1908–1991) USA – co-inventor of the transistor.

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

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

Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen) (965–1039) Iraq – camera obscura pinhole camera magnifying glass.

Ignazio Porro (1801–1875) Italy – Porro prism Strip camera.

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

Clarence Birdseye (1886–1956) USA – frozen food process.

Herman Frasch (1851–1914) Germany / USA – Frasch process (petrochemistry) Paraffin wax purification.


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Brilliant Quotes By Famous And Awesome Scientists!

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

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

In reality a theory in natural science cannot be without experimental foundations; physics in particular comes from experimental work. ~ Samuel C. C. Ting b. 1936

Nearly 2.5 billion years of prokaryotic cells and nothing else – two-thirds of life’s history in stasis at the lowest level of recorded complexity… Why did life remain at stage 1 for two-thirds of its history if complexity offers such benefits? ~ Stephen Jay Gould 1941 to 2002 - Paleontologist

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

Suppose we have an unknown number of objects. When counted in threes 2 are left over when counted in fives 3 are left over and when counted in sevens 2 are left over. How many objects are there? ~ Sunzi The Mathematical Classic of Sunzi - Chinese mathematics problem from c. 450 AD

It is thus probable that germs of the lowest organisms known to us are continually being carried away from the earth and the other planets upon which they exist. As seeds in general so most of these spores thus carried away will no doubt meet death in the cold infinite space of the universe. Yet a small number of spores will fall on some other world and may there be able to spread life if conditions be suitable. ~ Svante Arrhenius 1859 to 1927 - Physical Chemist


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